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PTI forms committee for seat adjustment with PML-Q

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  • Development comes in response to PML-Q’s demand of a seat adjustment in 25 constituencies.
  • Sources say Shah Memhmood Qureshi heads body formed to address PML-Q’s demand.
  • Fawad says body will look into matters regarding seat adjustment.

Pakistan Tehreek-e-Insaf (PTI) Chairman Imran Khan has formed a committee for the seat adjustment between his party and ally Pakistan Muslim League-Quaid (PML-Q), former federal minister Fawad Chaudhry said on Monday.

The development came in response to the PML-Q’s demand of a seat adjustment in 25 constituencies with the PTI before the dissolution of the Punjab Assembly.

Fawad, who is PTI’s senior vice-president, said the newly-formed body will look into the matters regarding the seat adjustment.

Sources said that the PTI-formed committee is headed by the party’s Vice-Chairman Shah Mehmood Qureshi. Fawad and former defence minister Pervaiz Khattak are also among its members.

‘99% of people against dissolution of assemblies’

Punjab Chief Minister Parvez Elahi said that 99% of the people of the country wanted the assemblies not to be dissolved.

“Ahead of Imran Khan’s yesterday’s announcement, I asked him that first decide what will you give us [PML-Q],” he added.

Elahi went on to say that he suggested Khan to form his side’s negotiation committee comprising Asad Umar, Pervez Khattak and Sibtain Khan.

The PML-Q leader also reiterated that he had already signed a summary for the dissolution of the Punjab Assembly and handed it over to the PTI chairman around a month ago. The chief minister added that he asked Khan to forward the summary whenever he wants.

Elahi further said that he suggested dissolving the assemblies after 12 days but the ousted premier stuck to six days. Elahi hoped that Chaudhry Shujaat would support him.

Seat adjustment

The PML-Q has demanded seat adjustment in 25 constituencies with the PTI before the dissolution of the Punjab Assembly, the sources told The News.

The development came last week during a meeting of a PML-Q delegation, headed by former federal minister Ch Moonis Elahi, with PTI Chairman Imran Khan in Lahore as political activity heats up in the country ahead of the dissolution of the Khyber Pakhtunkhwa and Punjab assemblies.

MNA Ch Hussein Elahi also attended the meeting that discussed the core issue related to the dissolution of the assembly, sources said.

They shared that the PML-Q wanted to finalise seat adjustments with the PTI before the dissolution and in case of fresh or by-polls, both sides would come up as election allies.

The sources said the PML-Q wanted its share of at least 25 general seats in Punjab in the next polls.

Parvez Elahi, during the past few weeks, has granted the status of division to Gujrat and has given the status of the district to different Tehsils — a move analysts believe is done to secure political mileage.

The PML-Q leadership wants to field its candidates from Wazirabad and parts of southern Punjab. On all such issues, negotiations are underway.

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Train hits dumper at Gojra level crossing

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At an unmanned level crossing in Gojra late on Sunday night, a train carrying two Rehman Baba Express drivers was injured when it struck a dumper.

Rehman Baba Express struck a dumper at Gojra level crossing No. 99 while traveling from Peshawar to Karachi, according to details. Two train drivers were stranded inside the debris, and the train’s engine sustained significant damage in the crash.

When rescue personnel arrived, they broke the engine’s body to free the drivers who were still in critical condition. All of the passengers were safe throughout the collision, according to railway authorities.

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PTI to abstain from voting in Senate chairman and deputy elections

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The election of the Senate’s chairman and deputy chairman is going to be boycotted by the Pakistan Tehreek-e-Insaf (PTI).

The PTI’s political and core committee declares that it is unlawful to elect the Senate’s chairman and deputy chairman. The party has chosen to file a legal challenge to the election.

The sources from the core committee claimed that the election of the chairman and deputy chairman was unlawful and that the House of Federation was incomplete.

The constitutional plan was also violated by the Senate election that took place without Khyber Pakhtunkhwa senators being elected. According to sources, the Senate was not operating without a chairman.

The Senate Secretariat was only able to make administrative decisions. The source stated that the Senate secretary was not authorized to interpret the Constitution on his own while under duress and that the Upper House was only able to function as one department in the absence of the Senate chairman.

They said that this was the first time in a democratic regime that the Senate had stopped operating.

The PTI claimed that individuals responsible for the upper house’s non-functioning should face consequences for trampling on the constitutional structure.

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There won’t be a total solar eclipse today in Pakistan.

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This Wednesday will be the first full solar eclipse of the year. But it won’t be visible in Asia.

Around 11:07 am PDT, or 9:07 pm local time in Pakistan, the eclipse will initially be visible near the Pacific Coast of Mexico. After that, the eclipse will pass through a large region of the United States, from Texas to Maine, and into Canada.

The total eclipse will last for four minutes, and the eclipse will continue for five hours and ten minutes.

The eclipse will proceed into Texas, passing through over a dozen states before reaching southern Ontario in Canada, according to NASA. At around 5:16 p.m. NDT, the eclipse will leave mainland North America and go out of Newfoundland, Canada.

According to NASA, there is a path where the eclipse will be visible in its entirety, and outside of this area, spectators may notice a partial eclipse, in which the moon covers part of the sun but not all of it.

In the ensuing two decades, there won’t be another full solar eclipse. On October 2, South America will witness the second solar eclipse of the year. Yet it will just be a portion of it.

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