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Female PTI MNAs, party members protest outside Parliament House

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  • Party leaders Aliya Hamza, Kanwal Shauzab, and Maleeka Bokhari lead protest.
  • Protesters try to enter Parliament House by climbing onto gates. 
  • They chant slogans against rising inflation, bills passed by Parliament during joint session. 

ISLAMABAD: The female parliamentarians belonging to the PTI Thursday staged a protest outside the Parliament House. The protest was led by the party’s leaders Aliya Hamza, Kanwal Shauzab, and Maleeka Bokhari.

The protesters tried to enter the Parliament House building by climbing onto the gates to record their protest. They chanted slogans of “imported hukoomat namanzoor” (foreign government unaccepted) against the rising inflation in the country as well as the bills passed by the Parliament during a joint session. 

— Zarmeen Zehra
— Zarmeen Zehra

Some of the protesters also carried utensils to the site of the demonstration. In a bid to ward off any untoward incident, police personnel also reached the site of the protest. 

— Zarmeen Zehra
— Zarmeen Zehra 

Talking to Geo News, Hamza said that the party members had come to protest peacefully against the incumbent government, however, the police tried to stop them and even pushed the protesters.

“The speaker of the National Assembly has accepted our resignations. Our voices cannot be suppressed,” she added.

On the other hand, parliamentarian Shauzab said that the rights of people were being “snatched away” as the electronic voting machines (EVMs) were being abolished. She alleged that the protesters were baton-charged by the police.

Meanwhile, the Parliament’s joint session has passed the Elections (Amendment) Bill, 2022, and National Accountability (Amendment) Bill, 2022.

Last month, the National Assembly passed bills to abolish the PTI government’s electoral reforms giving overseas Pakistanis the right to vote through i-Voting and electronic voting machines (EVMs). Some bills related to the laws of the National Accountability NAB were also passed. 

Earlier this month, President Arif Alvi had refused to sign the bills, after which the coalition government had decided to call a joint session for the passage of the bills.  

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Senate Session: Senate Proceeds With Debate On Important National Issues

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Today, the Senate reconvened in the Parliament House in Islamabad, with Chairman Sadiq Sanjrani presiding.

The House has persisted in debating matters of national significance.

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TTP and Jamaat-ul-Ahrar battle in Loralai, raising tensions

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The conflict between Jamaat-ul-Ahrar and the Tehrik-i-Taliban Pakistan (TTP) has intensified, with a violent altercation taking place on the evenings of February 15 and 16.

A top Jamaat-ul-Ahrar commander known as Qari Ismail or Ziaur Rahman was critically injured in this battle during a lethal attack in the Lala Pul neighborhood of District Loralai.

The confrontation between rival factions Target Killing and Dharo is part of an ongoing battle, other Jamaat-ul-Ahrar members have verified. Originating from the Khyber area of KP, Qari Ismail has been a well-known leader for the last ten years.

These commanders have killed civilians and law enforcement personnel in terrorist assaults in Punjab and Peshawar. Following the killing of Jamaat-ul-Ahrar leader Omar Khalid Khorasani in August 2022, tensions between the group and the TTP arose.

Notably, disputes have also emerged as a result of the TTP’s central committee, headed by Mohsin Wazir and backed by Muhassud Wali, removing two commanders connected to Jamaat-ul-Ahrar from ministerial positions. Tensions in the Khyber area have escalated to the brink of war as both terrorist organizations compete for dominance.

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Perhaps another significant increase in power prices

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The Central Power Purchasing Agency (CPPA) has appealed to NEPRA to raise the price of energy by Rs7.13 per unit starting next month.

The rise will cost customers who are already suffering from inflation an extra Rs66.77 billion if NEPRA approves the demand.

According to the CPPA’s appeal, electricity distribution firms received 7.93 billion units in January 2024.

On February 23, Nepra will consider the petition. Customers who are on Lifeline KE will not be able to use the updated pricing.

In light of the monthly fuel adjustment (MFA), it is relevant to note that on January 31, the National Electric Power Regulatory Authority (NEPRA) raised the power rate by Rs5.63 per unit.

Following the conclusion of the NEPRA hearing on the Central Power Purchasing Agency’s (CPPA) appeal for a fuel monthly adjustment that will increase the power rate by Rs5.63 per unit for December 2023, the verdict was made public.

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