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Sanaullah hopeful that alliance with MQM-P to help PML-N get 3-4 seats in Karachi

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  • Rana Sanaullah says PML-N will strengthen in Balochistan. 
  • Party prepared to help or take help from anyone, he adds. 
  • He says country demands broad-based agreement on policies.

Pakistan Muslim League Nawaz (PML-N) leader Rana Sanaullah has said that three to four candidates of his party could get elected in Karachi in the upcoming general elections due to the allaince with Muttahida Qaumi Movement Pakistan (MQM-P), The News reported Friday. 

His comments came after PML-N and MQM-P announced that they would be jointly contesting the February 8 elections.

Speaking in Geo News’ programme ‘Aaj Shahzeb Khanzada kay Sath’ on Thursday, Sanaullah said a lot of things were yet to be decided but the MQM-P will give PML-N space where its candidates could succeed.

“We will strengthen PML-N in Balochistan,” he said, adding that there could be seat adjustments in some constituencies in the province and his party was prepared to help or take help from anyone where needed. 

“A hung parliament after the election will add to the country’s problems,” he warned and said the future government must at least have a simple majority.

He said the country’s circumstances demand a broad-based agreement on policies and whoever forms the next government will have to take along all the other parties to steer the country out of crises. He said the PML-N faced the worst situation in 2018, but despite that, it won 64 seats from Punjab in 2018.

“We proved our popularity on October 21 and we will prove it again in the upcoming election. In 2013, we won 117 seats from Punjab, and this time we will get more seats in Punjab than in 2013,” he continued. Sanaullah said there were 46 seats in south Punjab out of which 35 clearly belonged to the PML-N and they would get the majority there.

The former minister made it clear that his party did not intend to go for a merger with the Pakistan Muslim League Quaid (PML-Q) but was ready for seat adjustments. 

“Nawaz Sharif also intends to meet with Chaudhry Shujaat. PML-Q can be accommodated in Gujrat. There is no such thing as shying away from party but we are ready to accommodate them,” he said.

The PML-N stalwart said they had fulfilled their promise by giving tickets to MPs who had voted for their party in the by-elections. He said there was no offer of seat adjustment from the Istehkam-e-Pakistan Party. 

“They want to field their own candidates in all the constituencies and they have every right to do it,” he added.

“There may be seat adjustments with Fazlur Rehman in Khyber Pakhtunkhwa but there is not much hope. We have very good relations with Fazlur Rehman, Asif Zardari and Bilawal Bhutto. The PPP (Pakistan Peoples Party) and the PML-N will contest elections against each other but there is no enmity between us. The PML-N and the PPP are not looking to destroy each other.”

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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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