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Opposition to bring no-trust motion against CM Usman Buzdar: sources

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  • Opposition contacts Punjab Assembly secretariat to know procedures regarding move, per sources. 
  • “We should be assured of the tickets for the next upcoming elections,” says Tareen group. 
  • Tareen group had told Hamza Shahbaz they would support Opposition in its no-trust motion against Usman Buzdar, say sources. 

After the government’s no-confidence motion against Prime Minister Imran Khan, the Opposition has unified to oust the Punjab Chief Minister Usman Buzdar by bringing a no-trust move against him, said the sources.

According to the sources, the Opposition has contacted the Punjab Assembly secretariat to know the procedures regarding the move.

Earlier, PML-N leader Hamza Shahbaz had visited PTI disgruntled leader Jahangir Tareen’s residence where he discussed the political future with the members of the Tareen group.

The sources said the members of the Tareen faction said they are mentally ready to separate themselves from the PTI government. 

Sources had also said that the Tareen group members had sought assurance from the PML-N leader that they will be given a ticket from their party in the next general elections. They had also assured the Opposition that they would stand with them if they decide to oust Buzdar.

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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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