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PTI to issue show-cause notices to dissident MPs today: Asad Umar

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  • “Lawmakers who want to review their decision can do so in the reply,” says Umar.
  • “If our people reconsider calmly, their grievances can be addressed,” says Qureshi.
  • “A presidential reference will also be moved against MNAs,” adds Qureshi.

With multiple PTI MNAs coming out in the open against Prime Minister Imran Khan, Federal Planning Minister Asad Umar announced on Friday that the party would issue show-cause notices to its dissident lawmakers for allegedly allying with the Opposition.

The minister, who is also the secretary-general of the PTI, announced in a press conference alongside Foreign Minister Shah Mahmood Qureshi and Information Minister Fawad Chaudhry.

Umar said that the party was already working on the show-cause notice.

”I will sign the show-cause notices today and will be issued afterwards,” announced Umar. He added that lawmakers who want to review their decision can do so in the reply.

Before Umar, Foreign Minister Qureshi while appealing to the dissident lawmakers urged them to think “calmly” about their decision and review it.

“As a friend and well-wisher, I appeal to you to reconsider your decision,” said Qureshi. He added that the PTI MNAs were “smart and political” people who knew what the law and Constitution state.

“If our people reconsider calmly, their grievances can be addressed,” said Qureshi who is also the PTI vice-chairman. He claimed that the lawmakers by joining a rival will not be able to survive politically.

Ahead of Umar‘s comments on the notices, Qureshi had said that the decision was taken by the PTI’s political committee given the law, Constitution and ethics.

He had also added that apart from the notices if the MNA’s deviate from the party line then a presidential reference will also be moved against them.

The show-cause notice is being sent to the dissident lawmakers after it emerged that multiple PTI MNAs were seeking refuge in the Sindh House Islamabad in fear of the government. It is being reported that the lawmakers have decided to vote in favour of the Opposition’s no-confidence motion.  

No space for minus Imran Khan PTI: Qureshi

Amid calls for a minus Imran Khan PTI, the party vice-chairman “categorically” stated that there was “no space” for such a move.

Taking a jibe at PML-N and PPP, Qureshi said that those making such calls have forgotten about the charter of democracy. He added that such calls were also presented to the PPP and PML-N about their leaders which they rejected.

“These formulas have been used which were rejected by the people,” said the PTI vice-chairman. He added that Imran Khan was the founding chairman of the party and no one can take his place just like Bilawal and Asif Ali Zardari cannot take Zulfikar Ali Bhutto’s place.

“Imran Khan is the person who planted the tree himself. Would I be worried more about the plant than the person who sowed it?” asked Qureshi. He added that people used to make fun of Imran Khan and now today has established four governments.

The suggestions for the removal of Imran Khan as prime minister were made by PTI allies MQM-P and PML-Q.  

‘No plans for Governor rule in Sindh’

Foreign Minister Qureshi also dismissed Interior Minister Shaikh Rasheed’s call for imposing governor rule in Sindh.

“There was no plan to impose governor rule in Sindh, neither there will be,” said Qureshi. He added that the PTI’s political committee had advised PM Imran not to take such a decision.

“Saeed Ghani and Bilawal should not worry PTI has no such plan,” said the PTI vice-chairman.

Interior Minister Sheikh Rasheed had a day earlier proposed the premier take the step in order to stop “horse-trading” taking place at the Sindh House.

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As PM Shehbaz creates committees to address the PPP’s issues, a thaw is evident.

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In response to the issues brought up by PPP Chairman Bilawal Bhutto-Zardari during their meeting, Prime Minister Shehbaz Sharif has established committees.

The PPP heavyweights and PML-N leaders met after Bilawal did not attend the June 12 National Assembly session when the budget for the upcoming fiscal year 2024–25 was unveiled.

The PPP chief’s concerns were mostly addressed by the prime minister at the meeting, when he also ordered committees to look into his grievances.

Sources claim that on Friday, the committees would undertake discussions to settle the differences between the ruling parties.

Bilawal once voiced concern over the PPP’s lack of faith in the budget. He emphasised that the PML-N is not carrying out the arrangement that the PPP had made to support the government.

Additionally, he charged that the Punjabi government was erecting obstacles in the way of the PPP’s advancement in the region.

For the welfare of the people as well as the growth and prosperity of the nation, Prime Minister Shehbaz urged all political parties to cooperate.

Yousuf Raza Gilani, the Senate Chairman, Raja Pervaiz Ashraf, Syed Khursheed Shah, Syed Naveed Qamar, and Sherry Rehman were among the PPP delegation members.

Speaking at the event, the premier stated that additional talks over the budget for 2024–2025 were held with the Pakistan Peoples Party. He claimed that although the stock market had seen an unprecedented boom, the economy was exhibiting encouraging signs.

He claimed that the new fiscal year’s budget included measures to help the average person. He promised that committees will continue to be used for further consultation.

Afterwards, the prime minister hosted a dinner reception in honour of the PPP delegation.

In attendance were Speaker of the National Assembly Sardar Ayaz Sadiq, Deputy Prime Minister Ishaq Dar, Federal Ministers for Planning and Finance and Revenue Muhammad Aurangzeb and Ahsan Iqbal, Federal Minister for Information and Broadcasting Attaullah Tarar, Prime Minister’s Advisor on Political Affairs Rana Sanaullah, Minister of State for Finance and Revenue Ali Pervez Malik, and former federal minister Khawaja Saad Rafique.

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The court hinted at a June 27 ruling in the Imran-Bushra iddat nikah case.

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Imran Khan and his wife Bushra Bibi filed petitions in the iddat nikah issue, and a municipal court in Islamabad has intimated that it may rule on their cases by June 27.

Beyond this period, the court made it clear that no more time will be granted for arguments. “Even if no party appears, the court will take a decision based on the record of the case,” it said.

Supporters of PTI stood outside the courtroom during today’s hearing to show their support for Bushra Bibi.

Further Meetings Both Bushra Bibi and Imran Khan begged for their sentences to be suspended during the session, which was chaired by Judge Afzal Majoka.

The PTI founder was defended by attorney Salman Akram Raja, and Bushra Bibi was represented by Usman Riaz Gill. Khawar Maneka’s representative, Zahid Asif Chaudhry, wrote a letter.

Attorney Salman Akram Raja fervently pleaded in favour of the sentence suspension. “This case is, in fact, an abhorrent assault on a Pakistani woman’s chastity. Today, the court was presented with this entire discussion. The Supreme Court has issued multiple rulings. Each and every witness has admitted to lying to this court. “It has been made clear in front of the court,” Raja declared outside the building, wishing for the administration of justice.

The court made the observation that a judgement on the applications for sentence suspension needed to be made by June 27 at the latest.

The court stated that Salman Akram Raja’s arguments were only partially heard today in its written ruling for the day. Zahid Asif also sought for more time to prepare, and Usman Riaz Gill, Bushra Bibi’s attorney, asked for more time to make his case.

The next hearing is set for June 25 by the court. Using the available records, the decision about the applications for sentence suspension will be made before June 27, regardless of the attendance of all parties.

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“Awaam Pakistan”: These influential politicians are joining the new party led by Abbasi

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The former finance minister revealed in a statement that Abbasi will be the first convener of Awaam Pakistan, which will begin next month.

Shahid Khaqan Abbasi, a former prime minister, will lead the Awaam Pakistan Party.

Awaam Pakistan will include former PML-N leaders Sardar Mehtab Ahmed Khan Abbasi, Javed Abbasi, Syed Zaeem Hussain Qadri, Zahid Binnouri, Rana Zahid Tauseef, and Sardar Anwar Soomro, according to Miftah’s announcement.

The former MQM MNA Sheikh Salahuddin and former health minister Dr. Zafar Mirza will also join the Abbasi-led party.

On July 6, the AP launch ceremony will take place in Islamabad.

From August 2017 to May 2018, Abbasi, the former prime minister, held the position.

Given his disagreements with the PML-N’s upper echelons, it is important to note that Shahid Khaqan Abbasi had made multiple allusions to the possibility of starting a new party.

The former prime minister filed the necessary paperwork to the poll election commission in April of this year in order to register a new political party. He and the PML-N broke apart after a year of disagreements.

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