Political interference

The recent judgement in the Justice Qazi Faiz Isa presidential reference case and the fallout after the allegations by former DG FIA Bashir Memon will certainly taint the PTI’s reputation. The party claims it was founded on the principles of

Ex-DG FIA claims PM pressurized him to file cases against Justice Isa, PML-N leaders

ISLAMABAD: Former director general of the Federal Investigation Authority (FIA) Bashir Memon has accused the prime minister and his cabinet members of using the investigative agency for political purposes. Speaking to a private TV channel, the former official said that

Maryam Nawaz postpones Karachi visit due to COVID-19 situation

KARACHI: Pakistan Muslim League (PML-N) Vice-President Maryam Nawaz has postponed her visit to Karachi. This was announced by PML-N spokesperson Marriyum Aurangzeb who said the visit was postponed due to the coronavirus situation in the country and the risk to

Court orders Shehbaz Sharif’s release on bail

LAHORE: An accountability court on Friday issued the release order for PML-N President Shehbaz Sharif, a day after the Lahore High Court (LHC) granted him bail in the money laundering case. He is expected to be released from Kot Lakhpat

PPP to hold CEC meeting today, discuss PDM’s show-cause notice

KARACHI: Pakistan Peoples Party (PPP) will hold a meeting of the Central Executive Committee (CEC) today to deliberate over its standing with the Pakistan Democratic Movement (PDM). The meeting will be chaired by former president Asif Ali Zardari and PPP

PML-N candidate defeats PTI in Daska NA-75 bypolls

SIALKOT:  Pakistan Tehreek-e-Insaf (PTI) candidate Ali Asjad Malhi lost the hotly-contested NA-75 seat to Pakistan Muslim League-Nawaz (PML-N) candidate Nosheen Iftikhar. According to provisional and unofficial results from all 360 polling stations, Iftikhar managed to secure 110,075 votes, whereas Malhi

Re-polling in NA-75 Daska by-elections being held today

SIALKOT: The re-polling for the by-election in the National Assembly constituency NA-75 Daska is being held today on Saturday amid strict security. A close contest is being expected between Pakistan Tehreek-e-Insaf (PTI) candidate Ali Asjad Malhi and Pakistan Muslim League-Nawaz

AC instructs NAB to file reference against Khawaja Asif

LAHORE: An accountability court has directed the National Accountability Bureau (NAB) to file a reference against PML-N leader Khawaja Asif in the assets case at the earliest. Judge Sheikh Sajjad Ahmed resumed hearing on Thursday as the former defence minister

ANP decides to part ways with PDM

ISLAMABAD: The Awami National Party (ANP) has decided to part ways with the Pakistan Democratic Movement (PDM) after being served a show-cause notice. The ANP is disgruntled at the PDM ever since the opposition alliance decided to issue show-cause notices

PDM splits apart

Already shattered, the rift has widened even further within the PDM possibly to the point of no return. The opposition alliance has decided to part ways with PPP and ANP and has issued show-cause notices to both parties, leaving the

What’s next for PDM?

After the Senate elections, pro-PML-N and anti-establishment analysts are portraying the situation as if all PDM parties, except PPP  and Maulana Fazlur Rehman including, are struggling for the people worried about inflation and against the forces pulling the reins of

Maryam Nawaz falls ill, suspends political activities

LAHORE: Pakistan Muslim League-Nawaz (PML-N) Vice President Maryam Nawaz has fallen sick and has suspended all political activities. This was confirmed by PML-N spokesperson Mariyum Aurangzeb. She said Mariyum Nawaz is suffering from fever and sore throat while she has

The end of PDM

It can be safe to say that the PDM is officially dead. The opposition alliance has been pushed to its own deathbed by the very same political parties leading the movement on the forefront to oust the prime minister. Often

LHC approves Maryam Nawaz’s interim bail

LAHORE: The Lahore High Court (LHC) has approved the interim bail of Pakistan Muslim League Nawaz (PML-N) vice president Maryam Nawaz till April 12. The case was heard by a two member bench, comprising Justice Sardar Sarfaraz Dogar and Justice

Rangers to be deployed during Maryam Nawaz’s appearance before NAB

LAHORE: The National Accountability Bureau (NAB) has decided to implement fool-proof security measures and will deploy Rangers due to the expected appearance of PML-N Vice President Maryam Nawaz. The anti-graft watchdog has summoned Maryam Nawaz for questioning in an illegal

Future of PDM

The rift continues to widen between the PDM. The opposition alliance has already announced the postponement of the much-awaited long march and the PPP rejected the proposal of en masse resignation from assemblies, placing the future of PDM in jeopardy.

PDM and history of alliances

There is no doubt that the greatest challenge to Prime Minister Imran Khan’s government has been the Pakistan Democratic Movement (PDM), an eleven-party alliance of political parties hell bent on ousting the PTI government at any cost. The formation and

SC declines to suspend ECP’s decision on Daska re-polling

ISLAMABAD: The Supreme Court declined a petition by Pakistan Tehreek-e-Insaf (PTI) candidate to suspend re-polling in NA-75 (Sialkot-IV) Daska as per an earlier decision by the Election Commission of Pakistan. The ECP had declared the by-poll held on February 19

Bilawal to meet Hamza Shehbaz, discuss in-house change in Punjab

LAHORE: After failing to dislodge Prime Minister Imran Khan, the Pakistan Democratic Movement (PDM) has decided to oust Punjab Chief Minister Usman Buzdar. In this regard, PPP chairperson Bilawal Bhutto-Zardari will meet Leader of the Opposition in Punjab Hamza Shehbaz

PML-N convenes meeting to discuss PDM’s long march

ISLAMABAD: The PML-N has convened an important meeting to discuss plans related to the anti-government long march on Sunday (today). The meeting will be held at PML-N’s Fazal Chaudhry’s residence in Islamabad and will be attended by several senior PML-N

Abbasi slaps activist as PTI, PML-N workers scuffle

ISLAMABAD: A scuffle broke out on Saturday during which former Prime Minister and Pakistan Muslim League (PML-N) leader Shahid Khaqan Abbasi slapped a Pakistan Tehreek-e-Insaf (PTI) activist. PML-N leaders Abbasi and others including Musaddiq Malik, Marriyum Aurangzeb, Ahsan Iqbal, Rana

PTI challenges NA-75 Daska re-polling in Supreme Court

ISLAMABAD: Pakistan Tehreek-e-Insaf (PTI) has challenged the Election Commission of Pakistan’s (ECP) decision of re-polling at all polling stations in the NA-75 Daska in the Supreme Court. The petition has been moved by a PTI candidate from Daska Ali Asjad

By-election controversy

By-elections seldom garner interest in our country and are often characterized by low voter turnout and the previous party often retains the seat. But the recent by-polls have created controversy and surprises, which could indicate the changing political scenario in

Maryam Nawaz invokes ‘meri pawri’ trend while claiming election rigging

LAHORE: Pakistan Muslim League-Nawaz (PML-N) Vice-president Maryam Nawaz has said the Sialkot by-polls prove that Pakistan Tehreek-e-Insaf (PTI) rigged the 2018 elections. Addressing the media in Jati Umrah on Sunday, she said the entire nation now knows how the PTI

Senate elections: Pervaiz Rasheed challenges rejection of nomination papers

LAHORE: Pakistan Muslim League Nawaz (PML-N) senior leader Pervaiz Rasheed has challenged the rejection of his nomination for the upcoming Senate polls. Pervaiz Rasheed moved to the Lahore High Court (LHC) election tribunal against the rejection of his nomination papers

PTI, PML-N candidates win Senate seats unopposed

ISLAMABAD: Pakistan Muslim League-Nawaz’s (PML-N) Azam Nazir Tarar and Pakistan Tehreek-e-Insaf’s (PTI) Barrister Ali Zafar have won the technocrat seats unopposed in the Senate. The Election Commission of Pakistan (ECP) has completed the scrutiny of nomination papers of candidates for

PML-N leader Mushahidullah Khan passes away

ISLAMABAD: Pakistan Muslim League-Nawaz (PML-N) leader Mushahidullah Khan passed away in Islamabad on Thursday morning at the age of 68. The cause of death was not immediately clear but it was reported that he was seriously ill since December last

Maryam going abroad

The rumour mills are once again buzzing that PML-N Vice President Maryam Nawaz is leaving the country. At least three federal ministers have claimed that Maryam has filed a request to receive permission to go abroad, claiming she needs to

London court hears defamation case by Shehbaz Sharif against British outlet

LONDON: Pakistan Muslim League-Nawaz (PML-N) President Shehbaz Sharif and his son-in-law Imran Ali Yousaf have won the first round of a defamation case against the Daily Mail newspaper for an article by British journalist David Rose. Justice Matthew Nicklin, of

Shehbaz Sharif shifted to Lahore hospital as health worsens

LAHORE: Pakistan Muslim League- Nawaz (PML-N) leader and Leader of Opposition in National Assembly Shehbaz Sharif was on Thursday shifted to a hospital after his health worsened. The PML-N leader was moved to INMOL Cancer Hospital amid tight security after