Captain (retd) Abdul Khaliq Achakzai of the Pakistan Muslim League-Nawaz (PML-N) was chosen Speaker of the Balochistan Assembly on Thursday without any opposition. According to specifics, Ghazala Gola was unanimously elected by the session to serve as the deputy speaker of the Balochistan Assembly. The newly elected speakers Abdul Khaliq Achakzai and Ghazala Gola are scheduled to assume office today (Thursday) and take an oath of office, respectively. The Balochistan Assembly Speaker position has been nominated for the Pakistan Muslim League-Nawaz (PML-N) candidature. Following discussions with the party leadership, Captain (r) Abdul Khaliq Achakzai was previously named by former prime minister Nawaz Sharif and party president Shehbaz Sharif as the PML-N candidate for Speaker of the Balochistan Assembly. The Balochistan Assembly’s freshly elected MPAs had earlier taken their membership oaths under the chair’s direction.
According to the Palestinian Wafa news agency, numerous residents, including a large number of women and children, have lost their lives as a result of the most recent Israeli onslaught in Khan Younis, northern Gaza, east of Gaza City, and the Sabra neighbourhood of Gaza City. Since October 7, Israeli bombardment on Gaza have resulted in at least 29,692 Palestinian deaths and 69,879 injuries, according to a statement released on Sunday by the health ministry in Gaza. According to sources, US and British forces launched strikes on over a dozen Houthi targets in Yemen on Saturday. This was the most recent round of military action against the organisation, which is tied to Iran and continues to assault shipping in the area. As the Houthis hold the majority of Yemen’s territory, the US has been attacking them almost every day.
Anwaar-ul-Haq Kakar, the prime minister, stated on Thursday that the caretaker government had quickly left behind a helpful plan for the next elected administration that would guarantee public welfare and safeguard national interests. The prime minister presided over a federal cabinet meeting in the prime minister’s office and declared, “The caretaker government always gave priority to national interests while taking policy decisions as it believed to work together for national stability and development.” “We are leaving the country’s economy in a better condition than before,” he remarked, highlighting the improvements made by the government to the national economy. He expressed gratitude to the public workers and members of his cabinet for their devoted work throughout the government’s brief existence.
Former Rawalpindi commissioner Liaqat Ali Chatha withdrew all of his accusations of election tampering and said he was “extremely ashamed, embarrassed.” He also revealed he took the action in concert with a Pakistan Tehreek-e-Insaf (PTI) leader. In a statement to the Election Commission of Pakistan, Chatha said, “I accept full responsibility for my actions and surrender myself before the authorities for any kind of legal action.” (19). The nation’s political temperature rose last Saturday when Chatha abruptly tendered his resignation, citing “guilty conscience” for encouraging widespread election manipulation in the garrison city. During the infrequent press conference, the commissioner accepted accountability for the “rigging.”
Murtaza Solangi, the federal minister for information, broadcasting, and parliamentary affairs, stated on Thursday that it was unlawful for some people to use social media platforms to instigate violence. Speaking at a press conference alongside Prime Minister Hafiz Tahir Mahmood Ashrafi, Special Representative on Interfaith Harmony, he declared that the government would strictly enforce the law against such unlawful activity. According to him, the freedom of speech guaranteed by Article 19 of the Constitution was not unrestricted and was instead subject to local laws. Solangi noted that insulting the judges, the military forces, or friendly nations was prohibited by Article 19. According to him, businesses that make billions of dollars from social media platforms cannot shirk their responsibilities.
Party leader Ali Zafar said on Thursday that Pakistan Tehreek-e-Insaf (PTI) founder Imran Khan will submit a letter to the International Monetary Fund (IMF) requesting that it cease its funding for Pakistan due to “rigged elections.” “Today, Imran Khan will send a letter to the IMF.” Zafar told reporters after seeing Khan at Rawalpindi’s Adiala Jail that “the charter of the IMF, EU, and other organisations stipulates that they can function or provide loan to a country only if there’s good governance.” According to Zafar, their charter’s “most important section” states that a nation should be democratic. “These institutions cannot and should not operate in those countries if there is no democracy.”
Caretaker Federal Minister for Commerce and Industry Gohar Ejaz stated in Riyadh on Thursday that Pakistan wished to increase bilateral commerce with Saudi Arabia to $20 billion, pointing out that the existing level of trade falls short of expectations. According to a news release from the Commerce Ministry here, the minister stated at the Pakistan-Saudi Business Forum that laws would be passed to encourage bilateral investment between the two friendly nations. Dr. Majid bin Abdullah Al-Kassabi, the Saudi Minister of Commerce, met with Dr. Gohar Ijaz, the leader of a delegation of Pakistani businessmen. The purpose of the meeting was to increase investment between Pakistan and Saudi Arabia in areas including infrastructure, digital economy, and construction.
Maryam Nawaz, the senior vice president and top organiser of the Pakistan Muslim League-Nawaz and the party’s candidate for the Punjab chief ministership, has “called” for...
Under the Special Investment Facilitation Council (SIFC), Pakistan’s mineral sector, valued at billions of dollars, is developing to unprecedented heights, according to Prime Minister Anwaar-ul-Haq Kakar on Wednesday. He was speaking with a group from Miracle Salt Collective Inc. that had paid Anwaar-ul-Haq Kakar, the caretaker prime minister, a visit. The prime minister expressed optimism at the meeting that the signing of a joint venture between Pakistan Mineral Development Cooperation (PMDC) and Miracle Salt would result in a rise in the nation’s salt exports. Additionally, he claimed, it will deepen trade relations with the United States. “This joint venture is a manifestation of the fact that Pakistan has the most suitable destination for foreign investment,” he stated. He claimed that Pakistan’s global identity was embodied in Himalayan pink salt.
On Wednesday, Punjab Governor Muhammad Baligh-ur-Rehman declared that he will call a session of the Punjab Assembly upon receiving a request. In order to form a new government, he added that the Punjab Assembly should meet in a few days. Speaking with the media following the opening of the two-day Pak Pharma and Healthcare Expo at the Expo Centre in Lahore, he stated that the work on the constitution had already been completed by the previous administrations and would continue. Governor Baligh-ur-Rehman stated that the caretaker government’s plan to deregulate medicine pricing must be taken into consideration by the incoming administration, and that regulations shouldn’t be so onerous that they prompt pharmaceutical businesses to consider exiting the market. Furthermore, regulations shouldn’t be so lax that businesses begin taking advantage of the general public.
Maryam Nawaz, the Senior Vice-President of the Pakistan Muslim League-Nawaz (PML-N) and the first woman to hold the esteemed position as Punjab’s chief minister in the nation’s history, has promised the people of the province that she will “live up to” their expectations in her role as the province’s chief executive. The hopeful chief minister of Punjab praised the people on Wednesday at a meeting in Lahore for giving her party “the mandate” and making it the largest political party with a majority in the 2024 elections. According to Maryam Nawaz, a “new era” for Punjab will commence immediately, following the customs established by PMLN chief Nawaz Sharif and party president Shehbaz Sharif while they were chief ministers.
The Supreme Court decided on Wednesday to reject retired brigadier Ali Khan’s request to declare the 2024 general elections invalid. The hearing was conducted by a three-person bench led by Pakistan’s Chief Justice, Qazi Faiz Isa. The bench also includes Justices Musarrat Hilali and Muhammad Ali Mazhar. Through his petition, Citizen Brigadier Retired Ali Khan has called for a reelection and a probe into claims of election tampering. On February 19, the Ministry of Defence sent Ali Khan with a notice from the Supreme Court; however, the petitioner, a retired brigadier, did not show up for court. The Additional Attorney General reported to the court that Ali Khan’s residence had been inspected by police. He also received a warning from the Ministry of Defence.
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