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PML-Q rejects merger reports with PML-N

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  • PML-Q vows to contest polls independently.
  • PML-N attempts to woo PPP rivals in Sindh.
  • PPP says it is not scared of PML-N moves.

LAHORE: Pakistan Muslim League Quaid (PML-Q) on Sunday rejected reports of a merger, saying there would be only seat adjustments with the Nawaz Sharif-led party in some constituencies.

In a statement on Sunday, PML-Q Punjab General Secretary Chaudhry Shafay Hussain said his party was not merging with any other political party.

Shafay said that the party would maintain its individual status and that its candidates would participate in elections on tractor symbol.

The PML-Q leader cleared the air on reports claiming that the party may be given an option in the coming days to merge itself with the Pakistan Muslim League-Nawaz (PML-N) if Chaudhry Shujaat wants seats for his two sons and the party secretary general Tariq Bashir Cheema.

It further said that the PML-N is making efforts to woo other political forces into its fold for the upcoming polls.

PML-Q was an important ally in the coalition government of Shahbaz Sharif and played a key role in ousting Imran Khan through a no-trust motion.

After the announcement of the election date by the Election Commission of Pakistan (ECP) political activities have increased in the country.

Last week, Muttahida Qaumi Movement-Pakistan (MQM-P) announced that they would contest polls jointly with PML-N and a committee was formed to draft proposals.

On Sunday, a PML-N delegation held a meeting with MQM-P leadership in Karachi and discussed “electoral alliance and future strategies”.

The party is also reaching out to other rivals of the Pakistan Peoples’ Party (PPP) in Sindh seeking to form a grand alliance.

PPP unhappy

On the other hand, reacting to statements of the PML-N leaders in Karachi, PPP leader Sharjeel Memon said the Nawaz League had always come to power through rigging, which was a bitter truth, but the PPP wanted to move forward.

“With whichever party PML-N makes an alliance, PPP will make a clean sweep in the upcoming elections,” he claimed.

The PML-N had always remembered the people of Sindh during the election years, he added.

Addressing a press conference on Sunday, Sharjeel said the PPP had built houses for the people Sindh.

And those ruling Punjab had never built even proper hospital facilities for people. How many houses has PML-N built for people who could not afford them, he asked.

“Incapable people were imposed on the country in 2018, and we do not want to repeat the same mistake in 2024,” he said.

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No “major breakthrough” in the opposition-led JUI-F and PTI meeting

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Maulana Fazalur Rehman stated that mending rifts in relationships and getting rid of resentment in an interview with the media in Islamabad with a team from the Tehreek-e-Tahafuz-e-Ayeen-e-Pakistan that paid him a visit.

While no significant progress was made at the meeting, all sides decided to keep in touch in order to plan for the future.

“A positive message,” according to the JUI-F chief, was received with open arms by the delegation. Taking a “united” stance on national issues was the primary goal of the meeting, he said.

Democracy is losing its appeal, and Pakistan’s parliament and constitution are losing their respect. In parliament, Maulana Fazalur Rehman continued, “we should have a single voice.”

Remarking on the event, National Assembly Opposition Leader Omar Ayub thanked the JUI-F leader for ‘warmly’ receiving the group.

We had a fruitful discussion in the meeting, he declared, urging the opposition parties to work with the PTI to “protect” the constitution.

Constitutional violations and a lack of a rule of law are the claims made by Omar Ayub. According to him, there was “no reason” why the police searched the PTI’s Islamabad central secretariat office.

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In the instance of illegal recruitment, Pervaiz Elahi is granted bail.

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The earlier-reserved court ruling was delivered by LHC Judge Sultan Tanveer Ahmad on Tuesday.

LHC had filed a post-arrest bail motion, according to the former chief minister.

On October 25, 2023, Pervaiz was taken into custody by the Anti-Corruption Establishment (ACE).

From June 1 to September 18, Elahi has been arrested in a number of crimes; the most recent one was reported by the Punjab ACE on September 18.

More: Pervaiz Elahi’s condition “deteriorated” in Adiala jail; he was hurried to PIMS.

In the Punjab Assembly, Elahi illegally hired 12 people for grade 17 positions, according to information provided by an ACE representative.

In the provincial assembly, the candidates were chosen through record-altering.

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The bail petition of Parvez Elahi in the Jinnah House attack case has been rejected by the ATC.

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A bail application filed by Chaudhry Parvez Elahi, a leader of the Pakistan Tehreek e Insaf (PTI) party, in the Jinnah House attack case has been rejected by an Anti-Terrorism Court (ATC) on the grounds of prematurity.

ATC Judge Arshad Javed announced the decision during today’s hearing.

The counsel representing Parvez Elahi contended that there was a significant likelihood of his client being arrested in relation to the Jinnah House attack case. It was stated that the ex-Chief Minister had previously been held in custody on judicial remand in other cases.

The petitioner requested the court to authorise the release of Parvez Elahi on bail in the Jinnah House attack case.

Nevertheless, the prosecution argued that the bail petition did not meet the necessary legal criteria, emphasising that Parvez Elahi had not been apprehended in connection with the case.

Considering these considerations, the court rejected Parvez Elahi’s request for release, stating that it was premature since he had not been arrested in the Jinnah House attack case.

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