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ISLAMABAD: The ruling party on Tuesday ensured that there are enough members in the National Assembly to block opposition’s move to undo a clause in the Elections Act 2017 that had enabled Nawaz Sharif to head party.
Pakistan People’s Party lawmakers Naveed Qamar and Dr. Azra Fazal Pechuho tabled the bill to further to amend the Elections Act, 2017 [The Elections (Amendment) Bill, 2017].
98 lawmakers of the joint opposition voted in favour of the amendment, while 163 members of the ruling coalition voted against it. Former prime minister Zafarullah Khan Jamali who was elected on the PML-N ticket voted against the party policy.
The Supreme Court in its July 28 order in Panama Papers case had disqualified Nawaz Sharif and directed the anti-graft body to file corruption references against him and other family members.
The PML-N leadership on Monday made hectic efforts to ensure maximum no of the MNAs during the session amid reports of formation of a forward block.
Following the development, Maryam Nawaz paid gratitude to all the members who were in the assembly today despite all sorts ‘pressure and threats’.
The bill, which sought amendment in Clause 203 of the Election Act, 2017 was rejected amidst a ruckus as the members shouted against each other and the Speaker Ayaz Sadiq was compelled to interfere and stop the members.
Shah Mehmood of Pakistan Tehrik-e-Insaaf said the amendment was person specific and was only made to benefit Nawaz Sharif and is in violation of the constitution. Under the light of Supreme Court order, he is no more Sadiq and Ameen and should not be eligible to hold party office, he added.
Law Minister Zahid Hamid rejected the allegations of the opposition and informed the House that a Senate sub-committee in November 2014 had approved the amendment in presence of PPP’s Naveed Qamar, Farooq Naek, Shazia Marri.
He vehemently opposed the opposition’s move and recalled how General Ayub Khan had inserted the very clause in the Political Parties’ Act in 1962 and this bar lasted till 1975, when Zulfikar Ali Bhutto’s democratic government moved to make the act in accord with the Constitution after dubbing it against the Constitution and democracy.
This, he noted, was brought back by Musharraf in 2000 and then was part of the Political Parties’ Order 2002, aiming at Benazir Bhutto and Nawaz Sharif.
The minister contended that the needless move was against the fundamental principles of political parties as well as the Constitution, as the legislation had already become a law and during over two years of deliberations at various stages, not a single member objected to the related clause and now all of a sudden after the Panama case judgment, they wanted to target an individual through the amendment.
Minister for Railways Khawaja Saad Rafique said that political parties including PML-N, PPPP, JI, JUI-F and others rendered great sacrifices for the sake of democracy. No one would be allowed to hostage democracy and the struggle would continue for people of the country, he added.
KARACHI: Chief of the Naval Staff Admiral Zafar Mahmood Abbasi visited Pakistan Navy's forward posts in the Creeks Area near Pak-India border, to review operational readiness of deployed Pak Marines.
Admiral Abbasi interacted with troops deployed at the forward posts and appreciated the morale and dedication of the troops performing their duties in harsh topographical conditions of the Creeks Area. While highlighting the importance of the sacred responsibility the nation had entrusted upon them, the naval chief emphasized the importance of high moral values, physical standards and rigorous training.
The naval chief expressed satisfaction over the operational preparedness and combat readiness of the troops. The CNS also reiterated Pakistan Navy's resolve to safeguard the maritime frontiers and maritime interests of the nation at all costs.
Upon arrival, the naval chief was received by Commander Coast, Rear Admiral Moazzam Ilyas. Onsite operational briefings were also given to the Naval Chief during visit to forward posts along the South Eastern border (Sir Creek area).
In a first in Pakistani politics, Pakistan Peoples’ Party (PPP) will be using hologram technology for public rallies of Bilawal Bhutto.
This was announced by the PPP Chairman in a recent social message.
Through the holographic technology, Bilawal will be sending out invitations for party’s 50th Foundation Day.
“In order to expand our outreach, I will be delivering holographic speeches in a number of locations today and over the coming months. Use of innovative tech is in line with our vision of seeing a technologically advanced Pakistan,” he tweeted.
The holographic technology allows viewers to see objects in 3D with their naked eye. It transports the viewer right into the place and venue of the recording. No glasses or optics are required to view objects in holographic technology.
First of all I would like to thank all the Pakistani Association of Australia Team and the community for all the efforts and commitment towards the cause. I am proud and happy to serve the community and will try my best to meet the expectations. Our aim is to provide the representation to both Pakis
It is my privilege and distinctive honour to represent and serve the people and Government of Pakistan in Australia. I am delighted to write this message of felicitations to the Pakistani community who is celebrating the 75th Pakistan Day in Australia with great zeal and fervour.