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Caretaker PM disapproves PTI’s move of writing a letter to IMF

PM Anwaarul Haq Kakar says the letter was sent at time when the caretaker government had worked significantly for the economic revival with the relevant indicators showing positive trends, besides it achieved different financial targets.

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Islamabad: Caretaker Prime Minister Anwaar-ul-Haq Kakar on Wednesday expressing his disapproval over Pakistan Tehreek-e-Insaf leadership’s latest political salvo of writing a letter to International Monetary Fund (IMF), termed it as ‘highly irresponsible’.

Appearing in a talk show of a private Tv channel, the prime minister said the letter was sent at time when the caretaker government had worked significantly for the economic revival with the relevant indicators showing positive trends, besides it achieved different financial targets.

The negotiations with the IMF were in the process for $6 billion dollars agreement which was important for the economic health of the country, he said, adding moreover, different multilateral agreements were also dependent over it. He said that there were appropriate forums for the electoral disputes and the PTI’s gesture of writing letter to IMF was unjustified and highly irresponsible.

However, he maintained that in the tangible terms, the letter would have no effects, but it would have political costs for the PTI that had a narrative in this regard.

To a question, the caretaker prime minister said that he had appeared before the Islamabad High Court (IHC) in the Baloch missing persons’ case to show that the interim set up was functioning under a constitutional order. The courts’ orders should be respected and he appeared before it to reiterate the same stance and set a precedent, he added.

The prime minister further said that the court had been apprised about the number of missing people traced so far under its orders and the IHC judge appreciated efforts in this regard. Prime Minister Kakar also termed the number of missing persons as ‘highly exaggerated’.

To a query about terrorist incidents in Balochistan, he said that non state actors had been spreading violence in the society to achieve their designs and also misusing human rights platforms. “They wanted to create an echo chamber for themselves,” he said, adding that such banned outfits often continued their violence spree and on the other hand, attempted to get sympathies by using a section of society.

The prime minister said neither the UN standards nor the international procedures accept mere allegations. If you had leveled allegations, you would have to provide data. There were general sweeping statements to malign state institutions, he said, adding that terrorist groups unleashed violence as a tool.

The caretaker prime minister, to another question, said that various efforts were made in the past to engage with the families of missing persons; it was reiterated that commissions in this regard had been formed where they could take up these cases. There was an existing mechanism to address such grievances, he emphasised. He reiterated that use of violence as tool would have no acceptance and justification.

For the political grievances, constitution had laid down a mechanism through peaceful means, he added. The prime minister said that violence through armed militia was not acceptable and legitimate. The prime minister said that citizens’ rights to life in the province that had been facing violent incidents, perpetrated by the terrorists groups, should be ensured and regretted that this aspect was not properly highlighted in media and by the rights groups.

The BLA was declared by the State Department, the UK government, the European Union and China as terrorist outfit, he said, adding that the outlaw organization was a ‘perpetrator of genocide’ in the province.

To a query, he further said that grievances over political and economic issues should be addressed by the federation in good faith. It had been and should be a priority of the federation to prioritize development and progress of Balochistan, Gilgit Baltistan, Waziristan and other backward areas.

Besides, resources enhancement, there was need to utilize the available resources judiciously as in the past, the allocated resources for Balochistan were squandered which did not ensure dividends, he observed. Summoning up his limited period in the government, he said that he was leaving the office as ‘a contented and happy man’.

“I felt humbled for the opportunity,” he added.

The interim set up was given a responsibility for a brief time. The economic crises had made them sleepless but now the country was out of the wood, he recounted. Responding to a question he said that he did not think of joining any political party. He also clarified that he was not interested in any position in the parliament rather he would prefer to serve as a member of the Senate.

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Independent elected members of assemblies join PML-N without any condition

Shehbaz Sharif says Raja Khurram Nawaz, who won as an independent candidate from Islamabad was now part of the PML-N.

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Lahore: Pakistan Muslim League-Nawaz President Shehbaz Sharif on Wednesday said that independent elected members of assemblies had joined the PML-N without any condition.

Addressing the PML-N’s Parliamentary Party meeting at the Parliament House, Shehbaz, who is also PML-N’s nominee for prime ministership, said that with the addition of independents, his party’s representation in the National Assembly had increased to 104 members.

He said that Raja Khurram Nawaz, who won as an independent candidate from Islamabad was now part of the PML-N.

Similarly, Barrister Aqeel Malik and Waseem Qadir, who contested NA election as independents from Rawalpindi and Lahore respectively, had also joined the PML-N. Shehbaz Sharif recalled the problems faced by the party over the past few years.

He also highlighted the accomplishments of the PML-N governments under Nawaz’s leadership, pointing out motorway projects and elimination of power power loadshedding throughout the country. He said the country today needed sacrifices and hard work to get out of the crises.

The PML-N president criticized the Pakistan Tehreek-e-Insaf (PTI) for alleging that the February 8 general elections were ‘rigged’. Ironically the party was highlighting its own victories in the elections in Khyber Pakhtunkhwa, he added. Shehbaz said PML-N Quaid Nawaz Sharif had faced the opponents without resorting to politics of destruction. Despite having unfair treatment, he never labeled anyone as ‘Mir Jafar’.

He said it was Nawaz Sharif who had brought the China-Pakistan Economic Corridor (CPEC) to the country. “Even the residents of Karachi still recall the efforts of PML-N for restoring peace in the country,” he added.

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ECP appoints five presiding officers for presidential election

The ECP spokesperson says these officers will receive nomination papers from candidates and chair meetings of the Majlis-e-Shoora (Parliament) at Parliament House, Islamabad, and the Provincial Assembly of the respective province during the scheduled poll for the Presidential Election.

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Islamabad: The Election Commission of Pakistan (ECP) on Wednesday appointed five Presiding officers to conduct election to the office of President of Pakistan, in Islamabad and four provincial capitals.

According to Spokesperson ECP, these officers will receive nomination papers from candidates and chair meetings of the Majlis-e-Shoora (Parliament) at Parliament House, Islamabad, and the Provincial Assembly of the respective province during the scheduled polling for the Presidential Election.

 According to the notification, the Chief Justice of the Islamabad High Court will oversee the elections in the Senate and National Assembly in Islamabad.

A Member of the Election Commission-I, Election Commission of Pakistan, will supervise polling in the Provincial Assembly of Punjab, located in Lahore.

The Chief Justice of the Sindh High Court will supervise the Presidential Elections in the Provincial Assembly of Sindh, situated in Karachi. Similarly, the Chief Justice of the Peshawar High Court will supervise the polls in the Provincial Assembly of Khyber Pakhtunkhwa, located in Peshawar. Finally, the Chief Justice of the Balochistan High Court will conduct the presidential polls in the Provincial Assembly in Quetta.

According to the notification Chief Justice Islamabad High Court will supervise elections in Senate and National Assembly, Islamabad. Member Election Commission-I, Election Commission of Pakistan will oversee polling in the Provincial Assembly of Punjab, Lahore.

Chief Justice, Sindh High Court will supervise Presidential Elections in the Provincial Assembly of Sindh, Karachi. Chief Justice Peshawar High Court will supervise polls in the Provincial Assembly of Khyber Pakhtunkhwa, Peshawar. Chief Justice Balochistan High Court will conduct the presidential polls in the Provincial Assembly, Quetta.

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