In a Historic Bipartisan Spirit, Lawmakers Vote For Merger Of Tribal Areas With Khyber Pakhtunkhwa

Observers consider the merger move timely and in the best national interest May 24, 2018 (DESPARDES/PKONWEB) — The 31st constitutional amendment bill was approved in the National Assembly Thursday regarding the merger of Federally Administered Tribal Areas (FATA) with Khyber Pakhtunkhwa province. The historic bill for the much-awaited merger was tabled in the lower house […]

NAB Retrieves 10,000 Acres State land Worth $700M Near Karachi From Land Mafia

May 24, 2018 (BE2C2) — The National Accountability Bureau on Thursday said it has retrieved 10,000 acres of state land usurped by land mafia off the Superhighway near Karachi worth Rs75 billion ($700 million) and there where some major housing schemes launched on these land in connivance with revenue officials. “In an investigation against revenue […]

Between The Lines, Former ISI Chief Re-Calibrates Sharif’s Kargil Narrative

*** Musharraf had grounds to launch Kargil operation ‘preemptively’ *** Sharif gave the ‘go ahead’ but was not aware of the ‘extent’ of the operation *** Sharif had better options than going to Washington IRSHAD SALIM (May 23, 2018) — In the year 2000 — a year after the Kargil ‘mini war’ between Pakistan and […]

PPP Hired Washington Lobbyists Several Times Over a Decade For Meetings, Public Diplomacy

May 22, 2018 (DESPARDES/PKONWEB) — Pakistan’s largest moderate and left-of-the-center political party PPP hired lobbyists several time in the USA over a period of 10 years, in pursuit of its goal to make American movers and shakers understand its narrative and remove misconceptions and create a favorable environment for improving Pak-US relations. According to local […]

Who Could Possibly Be The Caretaker Prime Minister Until Elections 2018 Are Held

IRSHAD SALIM (May 22, 2018) — The 5-year term of the present PML-N government comes to an end on May 31, after which the caretaker set-up will be put in place to hold elections which are expected to be held in the last week of July. The formation of a caretaker setup will be preceded […]

Supreme Court Questions Former Foreign Minister Asif Over UAE Employment, Business

The counsel emphasized that no law in Pakistan prohibited any legislator from being engaged in an employment or business whether at home or abroad May 22, 2018 (DESPARDES/PKONWEB) — A three-judge Supreme Court bench hearing an appeal filed by former foreign minister and lawmaker Khawaja Muhammad Asif against his disqualification from holding public office asked […]

Maulana Fazlur Rehman Parts Ways With Ruling Party PML-N Over FATA-KP Merger Issue

May 19, 2018 (DESPARDES/PKONWEB) — Maulana Fazlur Rehman on Sunday announced that his party JUI-F had decided to part ways with the ruling Pakistan Muslim League-Nawaz (PML-N) over the implementation of reforms in Federally Administered Tribal Areas (FATA) straddling Afghanistan’s eastern border. Strongly opposing the 13th Amendment Bill, Rehman termed the reforms a global conspiracy. […]

PML-N Manifesto Scorecard: Myth Versus Reality

IRSHAD SALIM (May 19, 2018) — The ruling party PML-N’s election manifesto publicly announced in 2013 for the center and the provinces — mainly Punjab, its electoral stronghold — reveal not a very promising food on the table for the entire nation. Sharifs’ party ruled at the center during the last five years (2013-2018) and […]

Doves And Hawks In PML-N Seek A Level Playing Field In Elections, Differently

May 18, 2018 (DESPARDES/PKONWEB) — Pressure is mounting on top leadership of the ruling Pakistan Muslim League-Nawaz (PML-N) party to restrain anti-establishment posture in order to get a level playing field for the party in the next elections due in few months. From within its own ranks, a powerful group in the largest right-wing party […]

Punjab Assembly Passes 12 Bills in 45 Minutes in Last Session Before Elections 2018

May 17, 2018 (DESPARDES/PKONWEB) — In a filibuster, the provincial treasury passed 12 bills in just 45 minutes during the Punjab Assembly session on Wednesday, clearing the PML-N led government’s list of legislation before the completion of its tenure on May 31. Elections are due in the next 90 days thereafter. And while doing so […]

Partial Test Run of Lahore’s Elevated Orange Line Metro Train Conducted

The OLMT is Pakistan’s first mass rapid transit train project, costing over Rs6bn per kilometer ((roughly US$60m/km) all inclusive– a whopping figure critics say. May 16, 2018 (BE2C2) — Chief Minister Punjab Mian Shahbaz Sharif on Wednesday witnessed the first test-run of Lahore’s much-awaited Orange Line Metro Train (OLMT), and vowed to introduce such facilities […]

Mir Zafarullah Jamali Resigns From National Assembly

May 16, 2018 (DESPARDES/PKONWEB) — Former prime minister Mir Zafarullah Jamali on Wednesday announced his resignation from the National Assembly and will send his formal resignation in writing to the Speaker’s Office. Jamali, who hails from Balochistan’s Jaffarabad district told the National Assembly that if the prime minister and the opposition leader are not satisfied […]

VIDEO: This Person Says “WE NEED ONE NARRATIVE” on All Major Issues

IRSHAD SALIM (May 16, 2018) — On May 3rd, I attended the World Freedom Day event organized by Karachi Media Club — its president Mubasher Mir and General Secretary Manzar Naqvi says it’s a media think-tank focused on Karachi as its ground zero and the whole country in its outreach program. However, with outer contours […]

UK ‘Prime Destination’ For Money Laundering From Pakistan: Report

Last year, the then Finance Minister Ishaq Dar had a figure of US$200Bln as a sum that Pakistani citizens have stashed away in the Swiss bank. An estimated 4 to 5 times this figure is speculated to be held as assets by Pakistanis abroad– both lawfully and through inappropriate means including lacuna in laws enacted […]

Democracy As A Behavior Rather Than Politics Only

“The one who are more marginalized were presenting themselves more explicitly and the one who were not facing any identity threat were least participating.” MARIAM HASSAN NAQVI — In the midst of woods where two weathers were colliding to conquer the heat of summers, over the coldness of January but at the end winters won […]

Elections 2018: Imran Khan Forms Committee For South Punjab Province

May 16, 2018 (DESPARDES/PKONWEB) — Pakistan Tehreek-e-Insaf (PTI) chairman Imran Khan on Tuesday formed a committee pertaining to the formation of South Punjab province. The six-member committee headed by former prime minister Balakh Sher Mazari was formed after the approval of Imran Khan. PTI leaders Shah Mahmood Qureshi, Jahangir Tareen, Ishaq Khakwani, Khusro Bakhtiar and […]

PPP Lawmakers Quit NA Body After it Summons NAB Chairman, PTI Lawmakers May Follow

A source in the PML-N claimed the two PPP lawmakers “have been coerced to resign from the committee because the party does not want to strengthen the writ of the parliament” at this stage. May 16, 2018 (DESPARDES/PKONWEB) — Two lawmakers belonging to Pakistan People’s Party (PPP) who are members of the National Assembly’s Standing […]

Nawaz Sharif Withdrew Forces From Kargil on US Orders, Says Pervez Musharraf

May 15, 2018 (DESPARDES/PKONWEB) — Former president General (retd) Pervez Musharraf on Monday said former PM Nawaz Sharif ordered to withdraw forces from Kargil in 1999 on orders of the United States (US). “Pakistan’s forces had the upper hand on five points in Kargil, but Nawaz opted to withdraw forces after New Delhi asked the […]

Parliament Committee Summons NAB Chairman Over “$4.9B Remittance to India”

May 15, 2018 — The National Assembly’s Standing Committee on Law and Justice has summoned Chairman National Accountability Bureau (NAB) Justice (retired) Javed Iqbal on Wednesday May 16, over media reports that claimed former prime minister Nawaz Sharif remitted $4.9 billion to India. The committee has directed Chairman NAB to appear in person and brief […]

Farooq Sattar Quits as Muttahida Qaumi Movement (MQM) Convener

May 15, 2018 (DESPARDES/PKONWEB) — Chief of the Muttahida Qaumi Movement-Pakistan (MQM-P) Dr Farooq Sattar has announced he will quit as convener of the Sindh urban-based party calling it a “powerless office”, while adding that he would not contest in the next general elections. “I will remain in the party as a common worker,” he […]