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Prime Minister Imran Khan and PTI government - Performance watch thread

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    any comments from the guys who used to defend this "infrastructure build"...?
     
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    Nope, nothing at all. There is a dangerous silence. Some of those who used to defend these projects have become lurkers
     
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    Britain rejects Pak's petition to deport Ishaq Dar

    The Britain Government on Friday has rejected Pakistan's government appeal to deport former finance minister Ishaq Dar, citing the reason that Britain has no formal extradition treaty with Pakistan.


    The statement said that the UK has no formal treaty with Pakistan in this regard. Section 194 of the Extradition Act 2003 does allow special extradition arrangements in exceptional circumstances. However, under current law, an extradition process is initiated at the request of the government of the country in which the individual has been convicted of the crime.

    It would, therefore, be the Pakistan government’s responsibility to initiate such proceedings.

    Earlier on September 11, additional attorney general of Pakistan informed the apex court that consultation is underway with concerned departments regarding bringing back former finance minister Ishaq Dar.

    A three-member bench of the SC headed by Chief Justice of Pakistan Justice Mian Saqib Nisar resumed hearing a case pertaining to Dar’s return to the country.

    Earlier on September 10, Pakistan Tehreek Insaf’s government cancelled the diplomatic passport of Former finance minister and PML N leader Ishaq Dar and his wife.

    Ishaq Dar and his wife are currently in London, Dar has to return passport within 30 days but they did not return the passport.

    https://nation.com.pk/14-Sep-2018/britain-rejects-paks-petition-to-deport-ishaq-dar
     
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    ^^^ this buffoon need to be dragged down to Pakistan. Pakistan's GOVT need to initiate the process to expedite his return ASAP.
     
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    We are struggling to bring Vijay Mallya back to India as well from the UK. Let's see how that pans out.
     
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    Indeed, we have to see how it will workout. Let see.
     
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    No deal with IMF, Pakistan to borrow money from Saudi Arabia to boost reserves : Hamid Mir (reports)

     
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    haha this guy is brutal! Especially the mention of IK's dog travelling in helicopter and his staff doing errands between PM house and bani gala on street!

    https://jang.com.pk/news/550425
     
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    He is a sore loser

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    Few days ago I shared a source which confirmed that many media houses are on PML-N and Nawaz's payroll. You and other acknowledged it as well.

    I am amaze yet you read papers like Jang, which is among one of the top beneficiary.
     
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    He is the same journalist who said

    Shohar awal regarding that maneka case few days ago.. such a cheap pathetic remark and i wonder ppl still read him. Look at his mentality, shohar awal.

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    Guys I read many newspapers, including Jang and Dawn, I read Safi but also read Warraich, and Nisar who are very pro PTI yet still write for Jang, its always good to read and know about the others' perspective. I will advise you do the same.

    Also Jang is not anti- Imran Khan by default, but tends to go after almost every politician, Hamir Mir, one of the journalists closest to IK is on Jang/GEO payroll. So please understand criticizing does not mean taking sides, its a newspaper's job! Besides many if not all the things in Safi's article are factually correct. Of course its up to the reader to understand the context.
     
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    So we should watch ARY?

    We can say the same about ARY that they are on the payroll of PTI.
     
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    Don't be so bitter all the time and prove it if you can, because I have.

    And there are other source too, who aren't biased like Geo group and Dawn, who says watch ARY?
     
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    Likewise, I too listen to many journalist (like Talat Hussain, Javed Chaudhry , Jasmeen Manzoor - first two are extremely anti IK ) and watch news channels talk shows like Muqabil, Live with Nadeem Malik, Aaj Shahzeb Khanzada Kay Sath, The Reporters, Power Play ,Agenda 360, New Eye and some others too.

    The intend is to broaden my horizons and understand various opinions, however, when I listen to people like Talat Hussain, Javed Chaudhry and those two hakle and jeckle in Agenda 360 then I don't see much constructive criticism. Because they all are bent upon criticizing IK and PTI for the sake of criticism, furthermore, it just doesn't ends here, they support PML-N, Nawaz and Maryam on all their actions - this shouldn't be the job of newspaper's (to sale biased opinions).

    No wonder many are labelled as 'lifafa' (envelopes).
     
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    Unlike what many think, Pakistani media have actually been very disappointing. The kind of azaadi Musharraf gave them they should have improved. I see no journalist in our media. Just freaking anchors who are on xyz payroll. Damn in it took foreigners to bring out sharifs trail from panama papers. Such a shame.
     
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    Shining example of Meritocracy in Naya Pakistan.
     
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    Pakistan bidders flock to PM Imran Khan's car auction

    Bullet-proof jeeps and helicopters drew hundreds of bidders to a Pakistani government "austerity-drive" auction aimed at cutting vehicle costs.

    But the heavily publicised sale - held on the lawns of Prime Minister House - failed to live up to its billing and even drew laughter from buyers.

    Auctioneers said the government hoped to net at least $16m (£12m), but just $600,000 was made from Monday's sale.

    Further sales will be held as the government targets a debt crisis.

    The bidders showed keen interest in four helicopters the government is putting up for sale. But it was announced they will be auctioned later this month.

    There were also many unanswered questions over eight buffaloes the government is parting with.

    Earlier this month, an aide to new PM Imran Khan puzzled many when he tweeted that the buffalo had been used by former PM Nawaz Sharif for his "gastronomic requirements".

    Mr Khan, who was elected in July on a platform of anti-corruption reforms, has made much of his so-called austerity drive - but critics say it has been more style than substance so far.

    Last month, as he preached belt-tightening to others, the PM was mocked when it emerged he commutes to work by helicopter to beat traffic jams.

    Many point out that auctions of government cars are not new - they happen all the time - but Mr Khan's PTI government highlights them because it plays well with their austerity-drive optics.

    More than 100 cars - half of them billed as luxury vehicles - were up for auction on Monday. However only 62 went under the hammer.

    Of those, the crown jewels were two Mercedes Maybach S-600s, purchased under former PM Nawaz Sharif in 2016. However, when an asking price of almost $1.3m was announced for each car, there was a huge roar of laughter among the almost 500 bidders present - and no takers.

    In addition seven BMWs, and all 14 Mercedes Benz S-300s from 1993 went unsold.

    The most expensive car that did sell was a bullet-proof 2015 Toyota Land Cruiser, which netted almost $200,000. Four bullet-proof 2005 Mercedes jeeps also found buyers.

    But many of the cars were far from luxury, some purchased as far back as the mid-1980s.

    Afzal, a buyer from Rawalpindi, bought two cars, one of them the cheapest sold in the auction. The 2005 Suzuki hatchback, known locally as a Mehran, cost him $4,000.

    Afzal said he bought the cars for his son and didn't mind paying extra.

    "After all, the money will return to our national exchequer and this is what our prime minister wants," he told BBC Urdu.

    At the other end of the spectrum was a buyer from Karachi who snapped up one of the four 2005 armoured Mercedes jeeps. His bosses at a large pharmaceuticals company wanted a luxury vehicle "no matter the cost", he said.

    "They just told me to go make sure you get a car. It doesn't matter if they are a bit over the market rate. They belong to the PM's fleet of vehicles."

    The cash-strapped Pakistani government is facing grave economic challenges as it struggles to keep the economy afloat.

    As well as selling off surplus luxury cars, its eye-catching proposals include turning state-owned buildings into universities, dispensing with VIP security protocol and cutting air conditioning in government offices.

    Earlier in September, Mr Khan even appealed to members of the Pakistani diaspora to donate $1,000 each towards a fund, launched by the country's top judge, to construct a mega hydropower dam project in the north-west.

    https://www.bbc.com/news/world-asia-45554753
     
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    Pakistan eyes $8b investment from China, Saudi Arabia

    Pakistan eyes nearly $8 billion investment from China and Saudi Arabia, under the China-Pakistan Economic Corridor (CPEC), in road, energy and oil sectors, after the new government decided to pick schemes on their ‘merits’.

    Decisions are being taken after the Pakistan Tehreek-e-Insaf (PTI) government completed its internal review of the multibillion dollar strategic initiative and came to a decision to open the corridor for investment by other countries that are either members of the Belt and Road Initiative (BRI) or on friendly terms with China and Pakistan.

    Priorities set for CPEC were not right in the past and some of the transport and road infrastructure projects were selected for phase-I of CPEC due to political reasons, said Federal Minister for Planning, Development and Reform Makhdoom Khusro Bakhtiar on Monday. He was speaking at a meeting of the Senate’s Special Committee on CPEC, chaired by Senator Sherry Rehman of the Pakistan Peoples Party (PPP).

    Officials of the planning ministry also confessed that the western route of CPEC was not funded by China – a stance that is contrary to earlier public statements and against the resolution passed by All Parties Conference.


    While responding to questions raised by committee members, the minister said that the government has decided to reprioritise CPEC. He said that the imported coal-fired CPEC projects, mainly 1,320 megawatts (MW) Rahim Yar Khan, have been put on the backburner.

    Instead, two new hydropower projects would be proposed to the Chinese authorities in the next meeting of the Joint Working Group on Energy for their inclusion in CPEC, said Bakhtiar.

    These two energy projects include the 700-megawatt (MW) Azad Pattan hydropower project, having an estimated cost of $1.4 billion and 640-MW Mahl hydropower project worth $1.2 billion, said CPEC Project Director Hasaan Daud. Both these projects are located in Azad Jammu and Kashmir.

    The committee was also informed that Pakistan will propose to include western route project (Dera Ismail Khan-Yarik-Zhob road) to the Chinese authorities. The cost of this project is Rs76.5 billion or $612 million.

    “The western route projects are not funded by China under CPEC,” admitted the project director of CPEC before the special committee of the Senate. He said that the rest of the four schemes are funded by Pakistan through the Public Sector Development Programme (PSDP).

    Had national interests been supreme in the CPEC planning, the western route would have been given preference over the eastern route, said Senator Usman Kakar. He said that the eastern route was picked for construction due to Punjab-centric approach of the last government.

    While responding to a question after the committee meeting, the planning minister said that Saudi Arabia can invest in oil refinery to be set up in Gwadar under the economic corridor. He said setting up oil refineries and petrochemicals sector in Gwadar was part of the PTI government’s plan to make Gwadar a hub of transshipment.

    But the minister said that it was too early to say whether a memorandum of understanding (MoU) can be signed on Saudi oil refinery during Tuesday’s visit of Prime Minister Imran Khan to Jeddah and subsequent visit by Saudi Crown Prince Mohammed bin Salman to Pakistan.

    Officials said there were discussions to set up an oil refinery in Balochistan of up to 100,000 barrels per day (bpd). Earlier, the United Arab Emirates (UAE) government had abandoned the project that had $5 billon cost. Now the same refinery can be established by Saudi Arabia.

    During his last days in power, former prime minister Shahid Khaqan Abbasi had also approved $1.6 billion worth of incentives for UAE-based Abu Dhabi Petroleum Investment Company for setting up a refinery.

    The CPEC project director said that work on all early harvest projects was supposed to be completed by December 2018, but some of them, including the Mainline-I project of Pakistan Railways, were falling behind schedule.

    Bakhtiar said that the Main Line-I project, which has an estimated cost of $8.2 billion, was also open for third countries investment. While responding to a question, the minister said that Germany and Japan have the expertise to complete such mega projects.

    While speaking about the infrastructure projects, the minister said that even the eastern route was not financially viable and the government will have to use taxpayers’ money in future to keep this road functioning.

    Although, the western route was completely ignored by the previous government, work on two roads of the eastern route was fast-tracked, with a progress of up to 71%, according to the planning ministry’s presentation. The project director admitted that a few roads on the western route that were funded from the PSDP were of low quality.

    “The Orange Line Metro project and two eastern route roads should not have been in the first implementation phase of CPEC,” said Bakhtiar. He said that the government will try to monetise some of the sections of the eastern route.

    Unfortunately, projects that had a completion period of more than five years were ignored by the last government due to political reasons, said the minister.

    He emphasised that the economic and regional development and more importantly ground realities should be taken into account, while making long-term plans for the country. He said that it was unfortunate that not even one prioritised Special Economic Zone (SEZ) was operationalised in the last four years.

    The parliamentary committee was informed that so far about 68,382 jobs were created under CPEC and out of them 58,325 employees were Pakistanis. About 10,057 Chinese were also employed on CPEC projects.

    https://tribune.com.pk/story/1805774/2-pakistan-eyes-8b-investment-china-saudi-arabia/
     
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    PTI govt’s 16 flip-flops in 30 days


    In the paras below, The News has enlisted the flip-flops together with the version of Spokesperson for the PM Iftikhar Durrani.

    1) That he would not stay at Prime Minister House was the promise Imran made before and after the elections. Once voted to power, it was announced that he would live at the National Assembly Speaker’s House in the Minister Enclave; another announcement followed a day after declaring he would reside in Punjab House. But finally he decided to settle in the PM House as he opted to reside in the Military Secretary House located in the same premises. Durrani however insisted that MS House is situated in PM Staff Colony, a claim which is factually incorrect. This house is a few yards away from the residence designated for the PM whereas colony is outside the PM House on the road leading to Bari Imam Shrine.

    2) No protocol will be accorded to him, was another promise of Imran.

    After he assumed the top office, the government spokesman said PM will have only two vehicles and two servants at his disposal. He’d give examples of Netherland Prime Minister who bikes to office. If the number of vehicles in his convoy within Islamabad is to believe, around six vehicles accompany him. Durrani contested this observation in these words: “He still uses two vehicles for security purpose and a jammer carry and one security vehicle desired by blue book.” He uses two servants, according to Durrani.

    3) Information minister Fawad Chaudhry told journalists a day after taking oath that PM would not travel abroad during the first three months in the power. This claim was in contrast to his departure Tuesday for Saudi Arabia and United Arab Emirates. Durrani defended this on the ground that he decided to fly because there were “highly government to government talks for possible future investment.” As a matter of fact, former PMs had also been flying abroad for the official businesses; not for holidaying.

    4) That PM will not use special plane for the foreign visits was a decision taken in the cabinet meeting. Instead, he will travel through commercial airline, it was decided. But Imran flew on Air Force One, a special plane for the PM. Durrani said since he was to fly at three different cities in Saudi Arabia and then to UAE, this was not possible through commercial flights. One wonders if Imran’s predecessors had ruled in different times and requirements.

    5) The second cabinet meeting had also slapped ban on the foreign visits of the ministers, however, four ministers accompanied Imran to Saudi Arab: Shah Mehmood Qureshi, Asad Umar, Fawad Chaudhry and Abdul Razzaq Dawood. Here Durrani reacted by saying these ministers/ advisors are travelling “for purpose, it is not a courtesy call as had been happening in the past.”

    6) Another decision taken in that cabinet meeting had not only required PM to travel through commercial airline but also the ministers. In contrast, Foreign Minister Shah Mehmood Qureshi when visited Afghanistan four days ago, he chose the special plane for travel. Durrani didn’t answer this.

    7) The government’s flip flop on granting citizenship to Afghanis and Bengalis is one of the latest example of abrupt u-turns. Only on late Sunday, PM Imran made this announcement and went on to say that since he holds the additional charge of interior ministry, he will direct the ministry to come up with comprehensive policy in this regard. On Tuesday, he changed his statement as he told the Parliament that it was just a food for thought, not a final decision. Durrani claimed that Imran hasn’t backed out and he still holds the point and that he wanted to tell people to mind the difference between who came to Pakistan as refugees and those who have been born here.

    8) Depoliticisation of bureaucracy is another promise of Imran Khan. However, his government reacted entirely opposite when confronted with this challenge from within. District Police Officer Pakpattan Rizwan Gondal was first removed from his position and then surrendered to the Establishment Division after he refused to apologize to Khawar Maneka, the former husband of the wife of Imran Khan, Bushra Bibi. He was summoned by CM Usman Buzdar and forced to apologize but he refused to submit. The federal government did nothing; only the Supreme Court took notice of the matter. As deputy commissioners of Chakwal and Rajanpur complained against the political pressure applied by PTI MNAs, the officers were served with the show cause notice for airing their grievances instead of taking actions against the MNAs. Durrani didn’t offer any comment on this point.

    9) Another u-turn was taken on the composition of Economic Advisory Council. Atif Mian, a distinguished economist of global recognition was named as one of the members of the council. As the resistance mounted from the religious right who objected Atif on the basis of his religious beliefs, the government initially vowed to resist the pressure but later submitted to it. In consequence, two other members of the council resigned in protest of Atif Mian’s removal. Durrani claimed Atif step down himself. This is in contrast what Senator Faisal Javed said as he broke the news through a tweet: “Atif Mian was asked to step down from the Advisory Council and he has agreed.”

    10) On the issue of hike in gas prices, the information minister kept denying such reports in the beginning but later the news turned out true. As petroleum minister made announcement of price hike, Fawad Chaudhry was standing beside him without any sign of regret on his face for his wrong claims in this regard. Durrani justified this on the ground that there’s Rs67 billion circular debt of the gas and the PTI only came to know after forming the government. As a matter of fact, Fawad’s statements emerged three weeks after installing the government.

    11) China Pakistan Economic Corridor was not spared from unguarded commentary either. The PM advisor on commerce, Razzaq Dawood told Financial Times that PTI government plans to review it and the project will be halted until then. As this news sparked speculations and resentment, the advisor ate his words saying his point had been reported out of context. On this issue, Durrani said: “There is a clear stance and the government stands by it.”

    12) Imran had been critical of the past government for appointing its favorite on important positions. He lambasted Nawaz Sharif for naming Najam Sethi as Chairman Pakistan Cricket Board. “The reason cricket has, unlike elsewhere, failed to become an institution in Pak because here PM appoints PCB Chief,” he tweeted in March 2016. As Sethi resigned on August 20 this year, two days after Imran took oath, Imran did for what he had criticized Nawaz Sharif. “I have appointed Ehsan Mani as Chairman PCB. He brings vast and valuable experience to the job….” PM Imran tweeted the same day. Reacting to this contradiction in preach and practice, Durrani said Najam Sethi had been the journalist whereas Ehsan Mani had been heading PCB before. He didn’t however answer why it was wrong for Nawaz Sharif to name Chairman PCB as PM and right for Imran to do so.

    13) He was also critical of Nawaz Sharif for inaugurating different development projects as, he thought, this should have been done by the head of the concerned department. Then public saw him going against his own preaching when he inaugurated Rawalpindi-Mianwali express the other day. Durrani didn’t offer any comment on this.

    14) Imran in his victory speech said a fact-finding commission on alleged rigging in the elections will be formed as per opposition demand and that he was ready to open an constituency. A couple of day after, he
    himself objected when Kh Saad Rafique went to the court for recounting of NA-131 where Imran was the winner. As Lahore High Court accepted the demand, Imran went in appeal to the Supreme Court which granted him stay order. Durrani said Khawaja Saad Rafique was given all the opportunities to do what he wanted to. But he didn’t explain why Imran went into court to oppose Saad’s plea and got stay order.

    15) PM Imran Khan received a call from US Secretary of State Mike Pompeo wherein he congratulated him. A readout issued by the State Department said Pompeo also urged PM to take action against terror camps inside Pakistan, a claim Foreign Office denied saying conversation didn’t occur on this point and demanded of the State Department to retract. However, US shared transcript of the conversation to reinforce that discussion on this matter occurred negating Pakistan’s claim. Reacting to this, Durrani said in diplomatic relationship, one needs to come up with some sort of diplomacy and that “we don’t endorse that transcript.”

    16) Yet another diplomatic faux pa occurred over the interpretation of congratulatory letter from Indian PM Modi. On his first day to office, Foreign Minister Shah Mehmood Qureshi said Modi has offered the resumption of comprehensive dialogue, a claim first denied by India when the government there shared the contents of the letter with Indian journalists. Later, Foreign Office had to backtrack from the statement of its minister.


    https://www.thenews.com.pk/print/370863-pti-govt-s-16-flip-flops-in-30-days
     
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    I think the government has done remarkably well on foreign issues and have been spot on but on interior matters, they have been absolutely pathetic.

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    Yeh, Atleast he isn’t buying Apartments in London or buying mansions in Surrey.
     
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    Pakistani people are angry because Imran has said he wants to make them better.

    Lol

    Tu ye gal Akhey kyu hai ke hamare masale koh teek karega?

    Lol, lol, sorry for gulabi zabaan.
     
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    Ex-CJP Iftikhar Chaudhry’s son-in-law arrested from Dubai in Eden Housing scam

    The son-in-law of former chief justice Iftikhar Chaudhry was arrested from Dubai for his alleged involvement in the Eden Housing Society scam, confirmed Information Minister Fawad Chaudhry on Wednesday.

    Chaudhry, terming the arrest a major breakthrough, said the Federal Investigation Agency (FIA) apprehended Dr Murtaza Amjad. The case also involves former CJP’s son Arsalan Iftikhar.

    The arrest comes days after affectees of the housing society staged a protest outside Prime Minister Imran Khan’s Lahore residence. They urged the premier to help recover millions allegedly looted by the group that launched the residential scheme. The premier also sought a detailed report in this regard, added the information minister.

    The anti-graft watchdog had summoned the owners of the housing society to appear before the bureau in April. The notices were issued against Dr Amjad, Anum Amjad, Murtaza Amjad and Mustafa Amjad. NAB had also acquired the details of the properties of the owners of Eden Housing Society which revealed that that the owners had at least 111 commercial plots in Eden housing projects in Lahore alone.

    The accused have eight commercial plots near Eden Canal Villas and Canal Road. They also have two commercial plots of four kanals near the airport. NAB’s initial inquiry revealed that the accused had two commercial plots of 10 marlas in Eden City near the new airport.

    In February, NAB had requested the Ministry of Interior to place the accused on the no-fly list but a delay in this regard on part of the ministry provided the accused with a chance to flee Pakistan.

    After their departure from Pakistan, NAB approached the ministry again for the issuance of red notices in a bid to bring the accused back, but the ministry once again raised objections, citing an “incomplete application submitted by NAB”.

    https://tribune.com.pk/story/181195...dubai-eden-housing-scam-information-minister/
     
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    Arsalan Iftikhar, son of former CJP Iftikhar Chaudhry likely to be arrested

    ISLAMABAD - Arsalan Iftikhar , son of former CJP Iftikhar Chaudhry is likely to be arrested after the son-in-law of former chief justice Iftikhar Chaudhry was arrested from Dubai.

    He was arrested for his alleged involvement in the Eden Housing Society scam, confirmed Information Minister Fawad Chaudhry on Wednesday.

    Chaudhry, terming the arrest a major breakthrough, said the Federal Investigation Agency (FIA) apprehended Dr Murtaza Amjad. The case also involves former CJP’s son Arsalan Iftikhar .

    The arrest comes days after affectees of the housing society staged a protest outside Prime Minister Imran Khan’s Lahore residence. They urged the premier to help recover millions allegedly looted by the group that launched the residential scheme. The premier also sought a detailed report in this regard, added the information minister.

    https://timesofislamabad.com/26-Sep...r-cjp-iftikhar-chaudhry-likely-to-be-arrested
     
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    I heard that this Arsalan/Tony used to blackmail Malik Riaz, not sure if true or not.
     
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    PM Imran orders removal of hurdles in construction of Dasu dam

    ISLAMABAD: Prime Minister Imran Khan on Wednesday issued directives to remove all hurdles in construction of Dasu dam in Khyber Pakhtunkhwa (KP) province, ARY News reported.

    Chairing a briefing by Ministry of Water Resources at Prime Minister’s Office today, the PM said that the issue of acquisition of land and settlement with the affectees of Dasu dam should be resolved on priority basis in consultation with the Khyber Pakhtunkhwa government and taking into account legitimate demands of the affectees.

    The premier also directed ministry of water resources and planning division to coordinate with provincial governments and formulate a comprehensive plan with delineated timelines for undertaking urban water schemes for all major cities on priority basis.

    The prime minister was briefed in detail about the overall situation regarding the availability of water in the country, situation of storage of water and the issues being faced towards ensuring water security for growing population of the country.

    The PM was informed that the current water storage capacity of around 13.7 maf was far below the international standards and needs to be enhanced on priority basis.

    He was told that there was an urgent need to check unregulated abstraction of ground water which has resulted into fast depletion of aquifers, upon which the premier directed that a comprehensive plan along with a legislative framework should be worked out for ensuring maximum utilization of the surface water and reversing the existing trend of unabated pumping of groundwater.

    The premier also directed that a comprehensive plan should be formulated to promote off-grid solutions including harnessing of solar and wind potential of the country.

    https://arynews.tv/en/pm-imran-water-construction-dasu-dam/
     
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    interesting. I wonder how much this had to do with the frivolous and repeated attempts to disqualifyimran that have been thrown out of court again and again.

    lets hope justice is served in every case.
     
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    I hope the same, including Model town case, wherein, high court have dismissed the appeal.
     
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    If Imran Khan wants his government to survive he will have to make sure proceedings against Nawaz and Zardari are done as soon as possible.

    As long as Nawaz/Shahbaz and Zardari are present in the NA, Imran's days are numbered.
     
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    PM Imran Khan to launch ‘Five Million Housing Project’ next month

    ISLAMABAD: Fulfilling one of his election pledges, Prime Minister Imran Khan will formally launch the ‘Five Million Housing Project’ during first half of October, ARY News reported on Thursday.

    The announcement along to launch the project along with registration process was made during a meeting of the Task Force on Housing with Prime Minister Imran Khan in the chair.

    “The premier has already decided to take ownership of this demand-driven initiative that would not only fulfill PTI’s promise of provision of five million houses to the homeless but would also create huge economic activities and job opportunities for the youth,” says a statement issued after the meeting.

    The task force apprised the PM about the progress made so far in formulating a comprehensive plan for planning, execution and monitoring of the ‘Five Million Housing Project’ for the low income groups as well as regularization of Katchi Abadis (slums).

    The PM was informed that a comprehensive housing policy framework with a holistic approach and multifaceted initiatives was being developed to create a conducive environment and offering one-window solution to the local as well as foreign investors.

    The PM was told that an apex body would be created for the purpose to ensure seamless execution of the project.

    The meeting was attended by Housing Minister for Punjab Mian Mehmood-ur-Rasheed, Mr. Najeeb Haroon, MNA, Lt. Gen Moazzam Ajaz, Quarter-Master General (QMG), Maj General Naveed Safdar, Director General Army Lands, Dr. Imran Zeb Khan, Secretary Housing, Mr. Arshad Dad, Mr. Yaqoob Tahir Izhar, Mr. Ali Zafar, Mr. Zaigham Mahmood Rizvi, Mr. Saleem Ranjha of Akhuwwat Foundation and others.

    Lt. Gen Moazzam Ajaz, Quarter-Master General, made a detailed presentation on Army’s experience in catering to housing needs of its personnel.

    He also offered Army’s expertise and assistance in implementing the 05 million housing project. The Prime Minister said that besides utilizing expertise of both the public and the private sector, successful financial models including that of Akhuwwat would be replicated to ensure success and affordability.

    The PM directed the Task Force to expedite finalization of the plan including the legislative framework for its consideration by the provincial and the federal government.

    https://arynews.tv/en/pm-imran-khan-five-million-housing-project/
     

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