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No-trust motion: Efforts to strengthen democracy will go in vain if matters escalate, says Sheikh Rasheed

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  • “Opposition will lose against the government in political fight,” says Rasheed. 
  • “Shahbaz will also talk about forming a technocrat government,” he adds. 
  • Says the MNAs will not face any obstacles at National Assembly.

ISLAMABAD: Federal Interior Minister Sheikh Rasheed on Thursday suggested that “matters [related to the political confrontation between the government and the Opposition] shouldn’t be escalated further, otherwise, all the efforts made [to strengthen democracy] will go to waste.”

Rasheed’s comment came as the political temperature in the country rises ahead of the vote on the no-confidence motion, which has been tabled by the Opposition to oust Prime Minister Imran Khan. 

Talking to journalists, Rasheed said there will be a holiday in Rawalpindi on March 21, adding that the Opposition will “lose against the government in the ongoing political fight.”

He went on to criticise PML-N President Shahbaz Sharif, saying that “he has revealed his true face by talking about forming a national government” adding that he will also talk about “forming a technocrat government.”

Rasheed also said that he has been “enjoying” his ministry for the last three years, adding that if he hesitates taking decisions during tough times, his political career would be useless, adding that he will make an announcement on March 25. 

Rasheed further said that the MNAs have the right to vote for or against the government and “no one will face any obstacles in the National Assembly.”

Claiming that around 12 MNAs have been staying at the Sindh House, Rasheed said that “people who sell themselves for the sake of their benefit will never succeed.”

The minister also said that he is standing beside Imran Khan “like a rock,” adding that he hopes to see all the allies supporting the government on the day of the no-confidence motion. 

Around 24 PTI MNAs staying in Sindh House: Raja Riaz

On the other hand, PTI’s disgruntled member of the National Assembly Raja Riaz claimed that around 24 PTI members have been staying in the Sindh House right now. He further said that many other ministers are ready to come here.

Riaz said that if PM Imran Khan assures all MNAs that no action will be taken against those who decided to vote against him on the day of the no-confidence motion, they are ready to go back to the Parliament Lodges.

Riaz, who is a member of the Jahangir Tareen Group, told journalist Hamid Mir that the disgruntled members would vote for the no-confidence motion against PM Imran Khan in “accordance with their conscience.”

While Riaz claimed that 24 members are staying in the Sindh House, Hamid Mir said that according to his counting, “20 PTI MNAs are present in Sindh House.”

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Rahat Faeth Ali Khan receives a clean sheet from FIA

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According to the Federal Investigation Agency (FIA), there is no proof that well-known musician Rahat Fateh Ali Khan has engaged in any illicit behaviour, including money laundering or tax evasion.

Since there is no proof of any wrongdoing, the FIA has declared that it has completed its investigation into the popular singer’s alleged money-laundering and tax evasion case.

According to the recommendations made by the field inquiry unit, which suggested closing the investigation into Khan, the competent authority has approved the closure of the investigation into Rahat Ali Khan and other individuals, as confirmed by the Additional Director of the Federal Investigation Agency’s Lahore Zone.

The data that are now accessible include no information that would link Rahat Fateh Ali Khan to any illicit money smuggling operations.

The Federal Investigation Agency (FIA) Lahore has said that an investigation was opened in January of this year against Rahat Ali Khan and 182 other regular passengers who were leaving Lahore International Airport to find employment overseas. According to the report, information on frequent passengers served as the impetus for this inquiry, which had as its primary goal finding anybody engaged in money laundering or currency smuggling.

It is important to note that, based on their travel history, the Federal Investigation Agency (FIA) opened a money laundering and tax evasion investigation against well-known musician Rahat Fateh Ali Khan and others.

According to the FIA, the Deputy Director of Immigration at Allama Iqbal International Airport in Lahore supplied the information on 182 travellers. As a result, the investigation was started to find any regular travellers involved in cash smuggling or money laundering.

Rahat Fateh Ali Khan has paid taxes on all of his local and foreign income, according to sources at the Federal Board of Revenue (FBR) and the Federal Institute of Agriculture (FIA).

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Saudi Arabia rewards brave police officer ASP Shehrbano with a royal pension.

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Sources claim that when the two met at the Saudi embassy, where the ambassador was entertaining the courageous female officer, the diplomat gave ASP Shehrbano the information.

The Saudi ambassador praised the police officer’s bravery and assured her that her family’s travel expenses to Saudi Arabia as a royal guest will be covered by the Saudi royal family.

He gave the ASP high marks for her poise and selfless dedication to her work in managing an agitated environment.

One day before, the Gulberg ASP visited the Chief of Army Staff (COAS), General Syed Asim Munir, at General Headquarters.

The head of the army acknowledged the significant contribution Pakistani women made to society as a whole.

He was cited as adding, “Since independence, Pakistani women have made a name for themselves both at home and abroad thanks to their skill, perseverance, and determination.

Additionally, ASP Shehrbano’s name was suggested by IG Punjab Usman Anwar for the Quied e Azam Police award.

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36% of fresh faces make it to the National Assembly.

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Following the general elections of this year, a record 36% of new members have joined the National Assembly.

There are now 96 new legislators that have been elected to the assembly out of 265 total. In the general elections, the Pakistan Tehreek-e-Insaaf (PTI) has elected the most number of fresh faces as Independents.

Of the new faces, eleven PPP and MQM members, as well as fifteen PML-N members, have become MNAs for the first time. The IPP’s Abdul Aleem Khan and Awn Chaudhry were elected to the National Assembly for the first time.

Ataullah Tarar of the Pakistan Muslim League-N, Mir Jamal Khan Raisani, the party’s youngest member, was also elected from Balochistan for the first time and made it to the lower house.

Sher Afzal Marwat, Latif Khosa, and Barrister Gohar Ali Khan, who is supported by the PTI, are some of the fresh faces. In the last parliament, Shandana Gulzar had a reserved seat; however, this time, she was elected to a general seat.

Arshad Vohra, Syed Mustafa Kamal, and Rauf Siddiqui of the MQM were also elected to the National Assembly for the first time.

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