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For Pakistan’s ‘greater interest’, PPP and MQM-P to work together

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  • Bilawal, Zardari meet MQM-P delegation; agree on provincial-level matters.
  • Political situation in country was discussed, says PPP spokesperson.
  • MQM-P with meet with Shahbaz Sharif tomorrow to discuss federal issues. 

ISLAMABAD: Two major political parties PPP and MQM-P have come to an agreement and decided to work together for the country’s “greater interest”, said a spokesperson of the Bilawal Bhutto-led party.

According to a PPP statement, Chairman Bilawal Bhutto-Zardari and former president Asif Ali Zardari met the MQM-P delegation.

The political situation in the country was discussed during the meeting and PPP has agreed to keep better and permanent relations with MQM-P, said the spokesperson.

On the other hand, sources privy to the meeting shared that the PPP and MQM-P have agreed on provincial-level matters.

PPP leaders Yousaf Raza Gillani, Saeed Ghani, Chief Minister Sindh Murad Ali Shah, Sharjeel Memon, Rukhsana Bangash and others were present during the meeting. 

The MQM-P delegation included Amir Khan, Khalid Maqbool Siddiqui, Syed Aminul Haque, Waseem Akhtar, Khawaja Izharul Hassan and Javed Hanif Khan.

The sources further said that MQM-P will meet PML-N President Shahbaz Sharif tomorrow to discuss federal issues. 

‘MQM-P free to make its own choice’

Earlier, MQM-P leaders told Sindh Governor Imran Ismail that the decision on supporting or opposing the Opposition’s no-trust motion will be made after a review of the current political situation in the country.

MQM-P Convenor Khalid Maqbool Siddiqui said the party has to make a decision according to the situation in the country.

“We cannot say anything at the moment and we will decide it in our workers’ convention,” Siddiqui said, adding that “MQM-P is free to make its own decision”.

‘Options open for MQM-P’

MQM-P leader Aamir Khan had said that “no-confidence motion was not discussed in the meeting.”

“Neither the prime minister sought assurance, nor we assured,” said the MQM-P leader.

He maintained that they are the ally of the government but options are opened for them.

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Today, IHC will hear Qureshi, the founder of PTI,’s arguments against his conviction in the CCI case.

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The PTI founder and Shah Mehmood Qureshi will appeal their convictions in the cipher case to the Islamabad High Court today (Tuesday).

The hearing will be conducted by a division bench that consists of Justice Miangul Hassan Aurangzeb and Chief Justice Aamir Farooq of the Islamabad High Court.

The attorneys will present their arguments regarding the appeals against the sentencing during the hearing.

However, Bushra Bibi, the wife of the PTI founder, has filed a petition to have her medical examined, and this plea will also be heard today.

Bushra Bibi’s application will be considered by Justice Miangul Hassan Aurangzeb. The petitioner has voiced her concern that the food she was provided was toxic.

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CM Maryam wants a thorough plan for the development of Murree.

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While co-chairing a meeting with party leader Nawaz Sharif, Punjab Chief Minister Maryam Nawaz Sharif asked for a detailed strategy for the development of Murree.

To maintain cleanliness and protect the environment, the chief minister ordered a ban on plastic use in Murree and other popular tourist destinations.

She inspected a possible location in Murree for the building of a cutting-edge hospital. In addition to looking for a plan for the upkeep and filtration of the current water scheme, she gave her general approval to a water supply project that would carry water from the Jhelum River to Murree.

During the discussion, a prohibition on cars entering Murree was discussed. Maryam gave the order for the contemporary tram and cable car services to begin operating so that parking could be done safely in Murree. During the meeting, a plan to give permit cards to cars entering Murree was also discussed.

The chief minister gave instructions to make sure every building has parking. She gave the order to locate any illegal structures in Murree and to dismantle them right away. Additionally, the ultimate strategy for removing encroachments in Murree was accepted. In addition to banning all unlicensed stands in Murree, it was decided to turn the bus stand back on.

Maryam Nawaz gave the order to turn New Murree, Kotli Sattian, and other nearby places into substitute tourist attractions.

She gave the order to build clean, highway-style restrooms in Murree.

She also gave her approval for the creation of the Parks and Horticulture Authority for Murree, as well as Solid Waste Management.

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ATC revokes the arrest warrants for Khadija Shah

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In relation to the arson case at Jinnah House, the anti-terrorism court issued an arrest order for her.

Judge Arshad Javed issued an arrest order for Khadijah Shah because of his non-appearance in court.

After being granted bail by a local Quetta court, she was released from prison on December 28.

In relation to attacks on Jinnah House, Askari Tower, and setting police cars on fire, she was taken into custody.

In connection with a cybercrime case in which she posted messages on social media to incite people against the army during the May 9 unrest, the Federal Investigation Agency (FIA) also made an arrest of her.

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