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PML-Q only popular in a few districts of Punjab, claims Planning Minister Asad Umar

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  • Asad Umar says PTI bagged most votes from Punjab, Sindh, KP and Gilgit-Baltistan in 2018 general election.
  • Declares PML-Q party of only few districts of Punjab.
  • Umar says Pakistan needs PM Imran Khan.

ISLAMABAD: Federal Minister for Planning and Development and Special Initiatives Asad Umar on Monday claimed that PML-Q is popular in only a few districts of Punjab, while PML-N is a party of GT Roadand PPP is the party of interior parts of Sindh.

The planning minister claimed that the ruling PTI is the most popular party in the country as it was the one to bag the most votes in the 2018 General Elections.

“Whereas PTI bagged the most votes from the urban areas of Punjab, Sindh, Khyber Pakhtunkhwa and Gilgit-Baltistan,” Umar said while addressing the Pakistan Overseas Conference on Monday.

Umar said that the overseas Pakistanis are an asset to the country.

“We need to unite to keep the country strong,” Umar said.

Speaking about the current political situation, the minister said that the country is undergoing various internal challenges and Pakistanis have to face them in these hard times.

“PTI doesn’t want a fight with anyone […] Prime Minister Imran Khan is the need of Pakistan,” Umar said, adding that the Opposition’s no-trust motion will fail.

He went on to say that all the institutions of Pakistan are working together after Quaid-e-Azam Muhammad Ali Jinnah and Liaquat Ali Khan.

Sharing his two cents on the recent violation of Pakistan’s airspace by India, Umar said:

“India has always tried to take Pakistan under pressure. Pakistan came into existence after sacrifices and [we] are ready to sacrifice more for it.”

He said that Pakistan has proved that it can face any hardship together.

Umar is the second federal minister to criticise the incumbent government’s ally PML-Q as the party is yet to decide who it will support in the no-confidence motion.  

Last week, Interior Minister Sheikh Rasheed told journalists in Quetta that he isn’t among those allies who “blackmail” Prime Minister Imran Khan for getting the top slot in Punjab.

“I am not like those who have five seats and blackmail the premier to assume the chief minister’s office,” the interior minister said in an apparent reference to PML-Q leaders — who have reportedly demanded to de-seat CM Punjab Usman Buzdar.

Rasheed said that in the face of the no-confidence motion, he would be standing firm “like a wall” to defend the prime minister. “I am not responsible for others.”

The interior minister added that the Balochistan Awami Party (BAP) was “fully” behind PM Imran Khan, as he warned the Opposition that if the law and order situation moves towards deterioration, the army could be called in for restoring peace.

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Maulana Abdul Ghafoor Haideri’s JUI-F resignation from the Senate

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Senate Chairman Sadiq Sanjrani received the JUI-F leader’s resignation, which he accepted.

In the National Assembly, Maulana Abdul Ghafoor Haideri will be sworn in as a member.

Following their victories in the general elections on February 8 for the Balochistan Assembly, Senators Sarfraz Bugti and Prince Umar Ahmedzai had already announced their resignations from the Senate.

Prior carer Senate Chairman Sadiq Sanjrani received the resignation of Federal Interior Minister Bugti, which he accepted.

In a similar vein, Senator Prince Umar Ahmedzai of the Balochistan Awami Party resigned from the Senate following his election to the provincial legislature.

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NA session: The interim government addresses President Alvi’s concerns

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Details indicate that in response, the federal government informed Dr. Arif Alvi that Article 91 of the 1973 Constitution does not grant the president the “discretion or power” to adjourn the National Assembly session.

The sources quoted the federal administration and said, “Nowhere in Article 91 is it written that if the House is incomplete, the National Assembly session cannot be convened.”

It further said that Article 54 of the constitution allowed the president to adjourn the National Assembly’s “ordinary” session alone. According to the summary, the president was requested to call an extraordinary session of the National Assembly so that the newly elected members may take an oath of office.

Dr. Arif Alvi was asked to reconsider his choice and call a meeting of the National Assembly by the acting federal government on February 29.

The sources quoted the federal government and stated, “It is not written anywhere in the constitution that if specific seats are not allotted, the session cannot be called.”

It further said that the National Assembly must be called within 21 days following the election in accordance with Clause 2 of Article 91 of the constitution.

The caretaker administration responded, saying, “Even if the President does not call the National Assembly session by February 29, it would still be held on the same day.”

Speaker Raja Pervaiz Ashraf called a session of the National Assembly on Thursday, February 29th, in order to administer the oath to the newly elected Members of Congress earlier on Monday.

According to specifics, President Arif Alvi declined to call a meeting under clause 2 of Article 91 of the constitution, arguing that the lower body is still unfinished because a decision on certain reserved seats has not yet been made. Consequently, the Speaker National Assembly called the meeting.

The National Assembly’s maiden session was called by Raja Pervaiz Ashraf on Thursday at 10:00 a.m. The freshly elected members of the National Assembly would take the oath of office from the Speaker. During the first session, the election schedules for speaker and deputy speaker will also be released.

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Maryam Nawaz honours ASP Shehr Bano For His Extraordinary Courage

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Maryam Nawaz, the PML-N’s nominee for chief minister of Punjab, honours young police officer Shehr Bano for displaying extraordinary bravery, insight, and courage.

According to Maryam Nawaz, if the female police officer hadn’t arrived in time, a catastrophe may have happened.

The country is proud of you, she said as she praised Shehr Bano.

According to Maryam Nawaz, Shehr Bano maintained humanity and the law in the face of pressure, numbers, and circumstances.

She stated that it is required of every police officer to contribute to the defence of individuals’ lives and property.

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