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Bilawal Criticizes Achakzai’s PTI Presidential Candidacy

Quetta: Pakistan People’s Party (PPP) Chairman Bilawal Bhutto has criticized Mahmood Khan Achakzai, the chief of Pashtunkhwa Milli Awami Party for accepting the nomination as the presidential candidate of the Sunni Ittehad Council (SIC) backed by Pakistan Tehreek-e-Insaf (PTI). The announcement of Achakzai’s nomination by the SIC came today, setting him up as a competitor against PPP Co-chairman Asif Ali Zardari for the top constitutional post.

In a press conference held alongside the newly elected Chief Minister of Balochistan, Sarfraz Bugti, Bilawal Bhutto questioned Achakzai’s claim of being a “nationalist” while aligning himself with PTI for the presidential candidacy. Despite this criticism, Bilawal stated that PPP would continue dialogue with nationalist parties.

Bilawal also emphasized that the new government in Balochistan would adhere to the principles outlined in the late Benazir Bhutto’s final book, focusing on reconciliation. He stressed the importance of collective efforts from all political parties to address the issues facing the province.

Regarding the recent heavy rainfall in Gwadar, Bilawal expressed hope that Chief Minister Bugti would prioritize a visit to the affected area. He assured that the new government in Balochistan would actively combat terrorism and extremism in accordance with the National Action Plan.

Read more: Will not be candidate for Prime Minister: Bilawal

Bilawal Bhutto addressed the issue of missing persons, describing it as “contentious.” He announced plans to form a parliamentary committee to address this issue and invited other political parties to participate in discussions.

In the National Assembly, the alliance led by PTI has secured 209 seats out of 336, while opposition parties hold 104 seats. The PTI-backed Sunni Ittehad Council is the largest party in the lower house. In Punjab, the Pakistan Muslim League-Nawaz (PML-N) holds the majority with 194 seats, while PPP dominates the Sindh Assembly. Both parties have formed an alliance in the Balochistan Assembly.

In the Khyber Pakhtunkhwa Assembly, the Sunni Ittehad Council has over 85 lawmakers. Asif Ali Zardari, competing in the presidential elections for the second time, is in a favorable position to win and replace President Arif Alvi.

Election 2024: Sarfraz Bugti nominated CM Balochistan

QUETTA: Sarfraz Bugti is the nominee for Chief Minister (CM) of Balochistan by Asif Ali Zardari, co-chairman of the Pakistan People Party (PPP).

A few weeks before the February 8 elections, Sarfraz Bugti, the caretaker government’s former Home Minister, announced his decision to join the PPP, marking a dramatic political shift in his career. As of right now, no nomination document has been submitted for CM Balochistan. Asif Ali Zardari is expected to make an official announcement regarding his nominations. This declaration is important because it will determine Balochistan’s leadership structure and how different political groups worked together to build the province’s government.

Furthermore, sources acquainted with the changing political scene predict that the Pakistan Muslim League-Nawaz (PML-N) will be involved in the formation of the government.

Read More: Ali Amin Gandapur elected as CM KPK

With Bugti’s possible appointment and the coalitions being formed, the political landscape in Balochistan is about to undergo a turning point that will write a major chapter in the province’s political history.

Newly Elected Members: Who will sit where in National Assembly?  

ISLAMABAD: The National Assembly hall is all set to welcome the newly elected members for their inaugural session on Thursday. The seating arrangements have been finalized based on their party affiliations and alliances.

Notable personalities, including former prime minister Nawaz Sharif, will occupy seats on the government benches alongside his brother and Leader of the House, Shahbaz Sharif. The government benches will also feature former defense minister Khawaja Asif, former president Asif Ali Zardari, PPP Chairman Bilawal Bhutto Zardari, and other senior leaders of the ruling coalition, such as Raja Pervez Ashraf, Khalid Maqbool Siddiqui, Aleem Khan, and Tariq Bashir Cheema.

Meanwhile, on the opposition benches, PTI-nominated prime minister candidate Omar Ayub will assume the position of the opposition leader. Key figures from opposition parties, including Asad Qaiser, Ali Muhammad Khan, Sahibzada Hamid Raza, Maulana Fazlur Rehman, Sardar Akhtar Mengal, and Mahmood Khan Achakzai, have also been allocated seats.

Read more: National Assembly session summoned without President’s approval

The inaugural session presents an opportunity for the new members to take their oaths, elect the speaker and deputy speaker of the National Assembly, and address the current issues and challenges facing the nation.

Third time CM Sindh: Who is Murad Ali Shah?

Karachi: Murad Ali Shah, a prominent figure within the Pakistan Peoples Party (PPP), has been elected as the Chief Minister of Sindh for the third consecutive term, showcasing the enduring support his party holds for him in the political arena.

Born on August 11, 1962, in Karachi, Murad Ali Shah pursued his education diligently. He completed his high school studies at St. Patrick’s High School in 1977, followed by Intermediate studies at DJ Government Science College in 1979. He then earned a Bachelor’s degree in Civil Engineering from NED University of Engineering and Technology in 1985.

Furthering his academic pursuits, Shah obtained two Master of Science degrees in Civil-Structural Engineering and Engineering Economic Systems from Stanford University, California, in 1987 and 1993 respectively.

Shah’s professional journey spanned across various sectors and countries, including Pakistan, the United Kingdom, Kuwait, and the United States of America, from 1986 to 2002. He held engineering positions in notable organizations such as the Hyderabad Development Authority, Water and Power Development Authority, Port Qasim Authority, and Karachi Fish Harbor Authority. Transitioning to the financial sector, he worked as an Investment Banker at institutions like Citibank Karachi, Citibank London, Gulf Investment Corporation Kuwait, and Bizpivot USA.

Entering politics in 2002, Shah received a PPP ticket to contest for a seat in the Provincial Assembly of Sindh during the general elections. Following in his father’s footsteps, who had been a contestant and winner from 1970 to 1993 in the same constituency, Shah emerged victorious and was appointed as the Deputy Leader of the PPP Parliamentary party in the Sindh Assembly.

Shah has since maintained his political career, successfully securing provincial assembly seats in the 2008, 2013, and 2018 elections. He served as a provincial minister from 2008 to 2016, holding various portfolios including Revenue, Irrigation, Finance, Energy, and Planning and Development.

Read more: PPP’s Awais Qadir Shah elected as Speaker Sindh Assembly

In July 2016, Shah was elected as the Chief Minister of Sindh, and following the 2018 general elections, he secured re-election to the same position for a second term. Additionally, Shah holds key positions within the PPP, serving as a member of the Central Executive Committee and Vice President of PPP Sindh.

Governor Punjab from PPP, PML-N to have Speaker NA as both strike deal

After a series of talks for a power-sharing formula, the matters have been settled between the Pakistan Muslin League-Nawaz (PML-N) and Pakistan Peoples Party (PPP) for government formation in the center and the provinces.

The governorship of Sindh and Balochistan will also be given to the PML-N, while the governor of Punjab will be from the Pakistan Peoples Party (PPP). In addition, the sources said that the PPP will not join the federal cabinet, while there will be more talks among both parties for the chairmanship of the Senate.

During a joint press conference in Islamabad last night, PML-N and PPP nominated Shehbaz Sharif as the Prime Minister and Asif Ali Zardari as the President while announcing the formation of a coalition government.

READ MORE: Zardari President & Shehbaz to be PM

While holding a presser along with Asif Ali Zardari and PPP chairman Bilawal Bhutto, Shehbaz Sharif reiterated that both the PPP and PML-N have the necessary numbers to form a new government and are in a strong position to do so.

He further stated that if independent candidates can prove their majority and form a government, they will be wholeheartedly accepted.

The PPP and PML-N committees established for negotiations have completed their work. Bilawal Bhutto said I can tell you now that the numbers of the People’s Party and PML-N have been completed and we will implement the government formation.

Zardari President & Shehbaz to be PM

Islamabad: The Pakistan Muslim League-Nawaz (PML-N) and Pakistan Peoples Party (PPP) have finalized arrangements for government formation.

During a joint press conference in Islamabad, attended by Shehbaz Sharif and Asif Zardari, Bilawal Bhutto Zardari announced that both parties have secured the required numbers for government formation. Shehbaz Sharif has been agreed upon as the consensus candidate for Prime Minister by both parties, while Asif Zardari will be the joint candidate for the presidency.

Shehbaz Sharif reiterated that both the PPP and PML-N have the necessary numbers to form a new government and are in a strong position to do so.

He further stated that if independent candidates can prove their majority and form a government, they will be wholeheartedly accepted. While the Pakistan Tehreek-e-Insaf (PTI) has formed alliances with Sunni Ittehad Council and MWM, they still lack the numbers required for government formation.

Earlier, a meeting was held between leaders of both parties in Islamabad to discuss matters related to government formation. Bilawal Bhutto, Shehbaz Sharif, Asif Zardari, Ahsan Iqbal, Murad Ali Shah, Qamar Zaman Kaira, and Kaira also attended the meeting.

Sources have indicated that an agreement has been reached between both parties, and prayers were also offered during the meeting for the success of the alliance.

Read more: PMLN Supremo Nawaz Sharif wants accountability not revenge

This development signals a significant shift in the political landscape of Pakistan as PML-N and PPP forge ahead with plans for government formation, paving the way for a new era of collaboration and governance.

PTI announces country-wide protest on Feb 17

ISLAMABAD: The Pakistan Tehreek-e-Insaf (PTI) has affirmed its dedication to peaceful protests across the nation, dispelling rumors of forming alliances with political rivals. Despite reports suggesting a softening stance by PTI founder Imran Khan towards the Pakistan Peoples Party (PPP) and the PTI breakaway faction, PTI leaders have categorically denied any such alliances.

Barrister Muhammad Ali Saif, a prominent PTI leader, emphasized that Imran Khan strictly advised against forging alliances with PPP and Pakistan Muslim League-Nawaz (PML-N), instead advocating for the party to sit in opposition. This commitment to maintaining independence in decision-making reflects PTI’s dedication to its principles.

Additionally, PTI leaders Barrister Gohar Khan and Sher Afzal Marwat reiterated Khan’s stance during a meeting in Rawalpindi, rejecting proposals for power-sharing with either PPP or PML-N. Furthermore, they dismissed reports of a potential coalition with the PTI-P in Khyber Pakhtunkhwa, affirming PTI’s intention to stand alone in the province.

In a show of unity against perceived electoral irregularities, PTI has invited other political parties, including Jamaat-e-Islami and Jamiat Ulema-e-Islam-Fazl (JUI-F), to join their protests. This inclusive approach underscores PTI’s commitment to addressing broader concerns about the electoral process.

Despite challenges, PTI remains confident in its parliamentary strength, nominating Omar Ayub as its candidate for the prime ministerial position. The party has also put forward Mian Aslam for Punjab chief minister and Salar Khan for Balochistan’s top office, demonstrating its readiness to govern effectively.

Moreover, PTI is open to dialogue with political parties, appointing Asad Qaiser to lead negotiations. The party founder emphasized the importance of consulting with political leadership in decision-making processes, highlighting PTI’s commitment to transparency and inclusivity.

Read more: PTI announces Mian Aslam Iqbal as PTI’s candidate for CM Punjab

In response to PPP Co-chairman Asif Ali Zardari’s willingness to engage in talks for reconciliation, PTI remains open to discussions, prioritizing national unity and progress.

As PTI prepares for negotiations and potential government formation, its commitment to peaceful protests and principled decision-making reflects a dedication to democratic values and accountability. Through dialogue and inclusive governance, PTI aims to address national challenges and fulfill its mandate to serve the people of Pakistan.

Bilawal out of candidacy for the Prime Minister’s Post; Zardari Bilawal at odds?

Major political party leaders participated in a multi-party news conference in Islamabad on Tuesday night. These leaders included President Shehbaz Sharif of the Pakistan Muslim League-Nawaz (PML-N), Asif Ali Zardari of the Pakistan Peoples Party (PPP), and President Chaudhry Shujaat Hussain of the Pakistan Muslim League-Quaid (PML-Q).

The leaders said that for the good of the nation, all political parties—including the Pakistan Tehreek-e-Insaf (PTI), which Imran Khan founded—should cooperate.

PPP Chairman Bilawal Bhutto-Zardari was conspicuously absent. This was especially noticeable because he had declared earlier in the day that the PPP would only assist the PML-N in electing its premier and in providing the required backing for legislative action on an issue-by-issue basis. In addition, Bilawal declared he was withdrawing from consideration for the prime minister position and rejected the notion of pursuing a “PDM-2” administration.

Are the father and son playing good cop-bad cop, or are they at odds over the coalition issue?

 

When questioned, a top PPP leader disagreed with both proposals, stating that the issue is quite technical and that there is nothing fascinating about all of this. The PPP leader, who asked to remain anonymous, stated that Asif Zardari is the PPP-Parliamentarians president and that it was right for him to attend the news conference to declare the coalition. The PPP leader stated that Zardari had expressed a different political stance from Bilawal when it was brought out that Bilawal had previously discussed doing away with the politics of babas (elders).

Read More: Will form govt after 8 February: Bilawal claims

If there was disagreement between the two leaders, he claimed it was ideological or strategic rather than tactical. This PPP leader says that this is actually good since the party will grow because of its synthesis. The leader went on to say that forming a partnership with other parties is imperative if the country has rejected a single mandate.

A PML-N leader asserted, also under condition of anonymity, that the coalition had left it to the PML-N to name its candidate for prime minister. She was asked why Shehbaz Sharif’s name was not revealed during the press conference and was instead made public through a message on X (formerly Twitter), while Maryam Nawaz was named as a candidate for the Punjab chief minister’s office. He voiced his wish for Nawaz Sharif to be the premier and disputed with the idea that Shehbaz knew he was going to be named.

Read More: Will not be candidate for Prime Minister: Bilawal

Elections 2024: NA-207 Pakistan LIVE results

NAWABSHAH: Among the contenders in the constituency is Sardar Sher Muhammad Rind, who is supported by Pakistan Tehreek-e-Insaf, while Asif Ali Zardari, the president of the Pakistan People’s Party (PPP), is leading the opposition.

NA-207: Elections 2024 Pakistan Results LIVE

NA-194 (Nawabshah)
 Position Party Name Vote Count
1 PPP Asif Ali Zardari 28,255
2 Ind/PTI Sardar Sher Muhammad Rind 355
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Bilawal Vows Ambitious Reforms in Prime Ministerial Bid

HYDERABAD: Former Foreign Minister and Pakistan Peoples Party Chairman Bilawal Bhutto has emphasized the importance of unity and progress, stating that tackling challenges requires a collective effort rather than sowing discord.

Addressing a public gathering in Hyderabad, Bilawal expressed gratitude to the residents for their trust, which resulted in the victory of PPP’s loyal mayors in municipal elections. He condemned the politics of hatred and division, which, he said, continues to harm the people of Hyderabad, causing them to suffer while sacrificing for peace.

Bilawal reiterated that those who oppose PPP know their true nature, recalling their actions in the 1990s and their divisive politics. He assured the audience that if he becomes Prime Minister, he will implement all points of his manifesto, double Pakistan’s revenue, and provide housing rights to 30 million households. He pledged to provide 300 free electricity units to the country’s poor and stressed his commitment to serve the nation, as a son should serve his mother.

Moreover, he promised interest-free loans under the “Bila Sood” scheme to facilitate entrepreneurship and contribute to the economy. He also announced the distribution of unique youth cards to provide financial assistance until employment is secured.

Read more: Bilawal urges against politicizing personal vendettas

Bilawal outlined plans to establish universities in every district of Sindh and ensure standardized healthcare facilities nationwide. He criticized the federal government for failing to allocate funds to the provinces, stressing that the wasted Rs. 300 billion annually should be spent on the people instead.

With the election drawing near, Bilawal urged supporters to educate everyone about the difference between the PPP and the PML-N. He rallied ticket holders to take an oath and promised to serve them if victorious.

In a bold statement, he said, “If you’re asked to put a mark on a star, it looks good in the sky. If you’re asked to put a mark on a kite, you say, ‘I will put it on an arrow.’ Stop the path of the lion. PPP ticket holders should take an oath and promise to serve them if victorious.”

Bilawal’s speech underscored a message of unity, progress, and a call to action for PPP supporters ahead of the upcoming elections.

Zardari promises to solve public issues after forming govt

Talagang: Pakistan People’s Party Co-Chairman and former President Asif Ali Zardari has expressed pride in his son, stating that after forming the government, they will resolve all issues facing the public.

Addressing an electoral gathering in Talagang on Sunday, the former president said that the Pakistan Peoples Party represents the middle class and resonates with the hearts of the poor.

The former president stated that they had previously initiated an unparalleled income support program for poor women and increased salaries during his tenure. Asif Zardari emphasized that upon forming the government, they will provide basic amenities such as gas, road networks, water, and infrastructure, and create employment opportunities for the people in Pakistan.

He assured that they are aware of all the issues, including water problems, in Talagang and will take steps for the country’s development.

Read more: Bilawal urges against politicizing personal vendettas

Asif Zardari’s remarks indicate a commitment to addressing public concerns and fostering development, signaling a positive direction for the Pakistan Peoples Party’s agenda.

Only politicians know Pakistan’s issues: Asif Zardari

HUB: Former President and Pakistan People’s Party (PPP) co-chairman Asif Ali Zardari reaffirmed the significance of politicians in understanding and resolving Pakistan’s issues during a public gathering related to the 2024 elections.

Zardari emphasized that democracy remains the only viable solution to the nation’s crises, stressing PPP’s commitment to upholding democratic principles despite facing injustices. He highlighted PPP’s longstanding advocacy for democracy and pledged to continue this fight.

Expressing concern over the absence of an “ideal democracy” in Pakistan, Zardari underscored the unique understanding of national issues possessed by politicians. He outlined his dedication to safeguarding the rights of people in Balochistan, citing efforts to boost the province’s budget and improve its law and order situation.

Zardari envisioned a prosperous future for Balochistan, envisioning economic growth and increased investment opportunities, particularly in areas like Hub. He concluded by affirming that democracy is crucial for Balochistan’s survival and urged those involved in armed struggle to consider the benefits of democratic governance.

Read more: PTI unveils manifesto for election 2024

Asif Zardari’s remarks underscore the PPP’s commitment to democratic values and their focus on addressing Pakistan’s challenges through political means.

Bilawal calls for transparent inquiry into Model Town incident

Bilawal Bhutto stated that their aspiration is to build a new Pakistan.

LAHORE – Chairman of the Pakistan Peoples Party (PPP) Bilawal Bhutto has demanded a transparent investigation into the Model Town incident while urging accountability for those responsible.

Bilawal Bhutto, along with Asif Ali Zardari, arrived at the Minhaj-ul-Quran International central secretariat in Lahore on Friday, where they held a meeting with leaders of the Awami Tehreek. Following the meeting, an agreement was reached between the Pakistan Peoples Party and the Pakistan Awami Tehreek to collaborate on joint efforts.

During a press conference with leaders of the PPP, Bilawal Bhutto stated that their aspiration is to build a new Pakistan and take actions for the ease of the people. He expressed the wish to form a government that does not pursue revenge against the opposition, unlike what he anticipates from former Prime Minister Nawaz Sharif, claiming his political agenda would be vengeful.

Bilawal emphasized that in the past, there were personal enmities and ego-driven politics. He asserted that they want to establish a government that does not target opponents, aiming to eliminate the politics of hatred and division.

Read more: PPP unveils candidate lineup for KP in upcoming General Elections

Addressing the need for a transparent inquiry into the Model Town incident, Bilawal insisted that those responsible for the incident should face consequences. He stated that their top priority is the welfare and improvement of the people, and efforts will be made to avoid an increase in public distress.

Read more: Blome engages in bilateral talks with Chairman Bilawal for enhanced relations

Bilawal Bhutto’s comments come at a time when political dynamics in Pakistan are evolving, with various parties making strategic alignments and preparations for the upcoming political landscape.

“Now that Faiz is gone, what will you do?” Zardari asked Sanjrani

ISLAMABAD: At Jamiat Ulema-e-Islam Fazl (JUI-F) chief Maulana Fazlur Rehman’s son’s wedding reception in Islamabad on Friday, Senate Chairman Sadiq Sanjrani and Pakistan People’s Party Co-Chairman Asif Ali Zardari struck up a humorous small conversation.

Along with other politicians, the former president and Sanjrani were seated at a table when Zardari started joking with the Senate Chairman about what he would do without the assistance of Lieutenant General (retd) Faiz Hamid, the former Director General (DG) of Inter-Services Intelligence (ISI). Hamid retired from the military early in November of last year, the day before the army’s command was changed.

“Faiz has gone, what will you do now?” The PPP heavyweight approached Sanjrani while they were seated at the same table, just close enough to start a discussion.

“[But] you are still there,” the Senate Chairman said in response to Zardari’s joke, implying that he was looking for his support.

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Zardari gave him a taunting response at this point. He went on to ask the Senate Chairman to exercise political discernment.

He joked, “Their reign does not last forever, but ours does.”

The wedding was also attended by a number of national politicians, including Akram Durrani, Abdul Ghafoor Haideri, Jamaat-e-Islami deputy chief Liaqat Baloch, Caretaker Punjab Chief Minister Mohsin Naqvi, Speaker of the National Assembly Raja Pervaiz Ashraf, and Caretaker Prime Minister Anwaar-ul-Haq Kakar.

Nikkah of Fazl’s son, Maulana Asjad Mahmood, was solemnised by Sahibzada Khalil.

In August 2019, Sadiq Sanjrani survived the no-trust motion in a shocking victory in the then opposition-led upper house of the parliament.

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The opposition was in the majority with 64 senators present at the time of voting but the motion failed to get the required no of votes.

The final vote count was 50 votes in favour of the motion, five votes rejected, and 45 cast against.

It was then alleged by the opposition parties that Faiz Hamid played an important role in securing victory for Sanjrani.

He was re-elected as the Senate chairman on March 12, 2021.

Asif Zardari pledges development and reconciliation efforts in Balochistan

TURBAT: PPP co-chairman and former president Asif Ali Zardari has affirmed his commitment to the development of Balochistan, addressing a public gathering in Turbat. Acknowledging past mistakes, Zardari emphasized the importance of collaborative efforts for peaceful nation-building.

Describing Balochistan as the heart of the country, Zardari unveiled plans to bring water from Tajikistan to the province, stimulate economic growth in Gwadar, and enhance collaboration with China. Promising to rectify past grievances, Zardari assured the return of estranged Baloch youth and announced plans to establish universities in every division of the province, with a focus on job creation.

Read more: Zardari accuses Imran Khan for adding Afghans to the Voter Rolls

Advocating for the prioritization of Balochistan, Zardari stressed the crucial role of Baloch youth in shaping the nation’s future. Reflecting on his diplomatic endeavors, he mentioned making 15 visits to China during his term in office. Additionally, Zardari highlighted the longstanding service to Afghans over 40 years but expressed regret that they could not become brethren.

The former president’s address in Turbat signifies a renewed commitment to the prosperity and reconciliation of Balochistan, laying out a comprehensive vision for the province’s development and the empowerment of its people.

Asif Ali Zardari is politician who is the president of Pakistan Peoples Party Parliamentarians and was the co-chairperson of Pakistan People’s Party. He served as the 11th president of Pakistan from 2008 to 2013, the first president born after Independence. He is the widower of twice-elected Prime Minister of Pakistan Benazir Bhutto. He has been a member of the National Assembly of Pakistan since August 2018.

Zardari accuses Imran Khan for adding Afghans to the Voter Rolls

ISLAMABAD Asif Zardari, the co-chairman of the Pakistan Peoples’ Party (PPP) and a former president, harshly criticized former prime minister Imran Khan on Monday, claiming that Khan had made it easier for Afghans to be added to the voter rolls.

These statements were made by Zardari in a national television interview.

The former president made a suggestion that the next elections might be postponed, but he also stated that his party was in favor of the idea.

Zardari accused Imran Khan of arranging for Afghan nationals to register as voters in Khyber Pakhtunkhwa in order to further the interests of the Pakistan Tehreek-e-Insaf (PTI).

Zardari claimed that by manipulating voter lists, these people had been falsely recognized as citizens of Pakistan.

Speaking about the matter, Zardari said that it was being actively handled by the Election Commission of Pakistan (ECP) and that he had given his party instructions to bring it up with the electoral watchdog.

He made fun of Imran Khan for allegedly encouraging the establishment of offices for outlawed groups like Lashkar Jhangvi and the Taliban in the nation, implying that Khan was using these connections for his own political advantage.

In response to a question, Zardari said that the “ground realities are different from perceptions” and rejected the idea that the PTI was still widely popular in the nation.

He asserted that during Imran Khan’s imprisonment, sympathy existed rather than popularity.

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When questioned about his potential candidacy, Zardari said that he and his son, Bilawal Bhutto-Zardari, were both eligible to run for prime minister.

In the run-up to the general elections, Zardari expressed confidence that the PPP would win a sizable number of seats in the National Assembly and perhaps even the prime ministerial position.

In closing, Zardari reiterated his demand for agreement on an economic charter and emphasized the necessity of political parties working together to develop a post-election strategy for the nation’s economic advancement.

Bhutto reference will be heard by the Supreme Court Twelve years after it was Filed

ISLAMABAD: On Tuesday, the Supreme Court is scheduled to consider a case brought forth in opposition to the sentence and hanging of Zulfikar Ali Bhutto, the founding chairman of the Pakistan People’s Party and the country’s first democratically elected prime minister.

On April 2, 2011, Asif Ali Zardari, the country’s former president, requested the top court’s opinion on reopening the trial that resulted in Bhutto’s hanging on April 4, 1979, by means of a presidential reference made possible by Article 186 of the Constitution.

He was ousted on July 5, 1977, following a military takeover headed by then-army chief Ziaul Haq. The PNA, or Pakistan National Alliance, had been agitating for months over the results of rigged elections that March of that year.

Nine opposition parties, including JI (Jamaat-e-Islami) and the late Asghar Khan’s Tehreek-e-Istiqlal, came together to form the PNA as Bhutto sought a two-thirds majority to propose constitutional amendments to the 1973 Constitution.

This means that the case will be heard by a nine-member apex court bench chaired by Chief Justice Faez Isa more than 44 years after Bhutto was executed at the Adiala jail in Rawalpindi and more than 12 years after the case was filed.

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The reference was heard for the fifth time in total on November 11, 2012, by an 11-member bench led by Chief Justice Iftikhar Muhammad Chaudhry at the time.

PPP Chairman Bilawal Bhutto-Zardari petitioned the Supreme Court earlier on Monday, requesting a live broadcast of the hearing. Farooq H Naek, a prominent PPP leader and attorney, filed the petition.

Zardari & Nawaz ‘agree to work together to save state’

The Pakistan Peoples Party (PPP) and the Pakistan Muslim League-Nawaz (PML-N) have agreed to work together to save the state by taking important decisions.

The development came during a telephonic conversation between PML-N supremo Nawaz Sharif and PPP Co-chairperson Asif Ali Zardari, according to a private news channel.

The PPP leader congratulated the PML-N supremo on his return to the country on October 21 after ending a four-year self-imposed exile in London.

Both the leaders agreed that all stakeholders will play their role in saving the state, the sources added.

The leaders of two major political parties of the country also agreed to take important decisions to provide relief to the inflation-hit masses.

The insiders said a huddle between the political heavyweights is likely to take place soon as they both invited each other to hold the meeting.

The conversation between the political leaders came as both parties directed their workers to start preparing for general elections slated to be held on February 8 next year.

Read more: NAB reopens graft cases against Nawaz Sharif, Asif Zardari after SC ruling

The two parties were also coalition partners in the last Pakistan Democratic Movement (PDM)-led government, which was formed after the ouster of former prime minister Imran Khan from power.

Meanwhile, the Muttahida Qaumi-Movement Pakistan (MQM-P) delegation will also call on Nawaz Sharif tomorrow (Tuesday).

A spokesperson for MQM-P said PML-N President Shehbaz Sharif spoke to party convener Khalid Maqbool Siddiqui and invited him to meet the former prime minister.

They also discussed upcoming general elections and the prevailing political situation of the country, the spokesperson added.

The MQM-P delegation led by Siddiqui and including Farooq Sattar and Mustafa Kamal will meet the PML-N supreme leader.

The political activities are on the rise across the country after the Election Commission of Pakistan (ECP) and President Arif Alvi agreed to hold general elections on February 8 following the Supreme Court’s order in the election delay case.

Political bigwigs to face accountability

In line with the Supreme Court’s order to restore graft cases against public office holders, the National Accountability Bureau (NAB) submitted a record of corruption references to an accountability court in Islamabad.

Accountability Judge Muhammad Bashir directed the registrar of the court to review the cases’ records and present them before him.

The judge directed the NAB prosecutors to review the legal aspects of the cases as the nature of cases against private individuals, public office holders, and government employees is different.

The development came as NAB prosecutors Sohail Arif and Sardar Muzaffar appeared in the accountability court to brief the judge on the reopening of the cases.

“You [prosecutours] have to tell which case can be heard and which is not in a [court’s] jurisdiction, Judge Bashir stated.

NAB prosecutor Abbasi assured the judge that the anti-graft watchdog will ensure the implementation of the apex court order and submit all relevant records to the court.

On September 15, a three-member bench of the apex in a majority 2-1 verdict approved Pakistan Tehreek-e-Insaf (PTI) Chairman Imran Khan’s petition challenging amendments made to the country’s accountability laws during the tenure of the previous Pakistan Democratic Movement (PDM)-led government.

The then-chief justice of Pakistan (CJP) Umar Ata Bandial-led bench ordered restoring all graft cases that were closed against the political leaders and public office holders and declared the amendments void.

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In this regard, the anti-corruption watchdog wrote a letter to the registrar of an accountability court in the federal capital in line with the Supreme Court’s ruling.

Last week, NAB Chairman Lt-Gen (retd) Nazir Ahmed Butt summoned a consultative meeting to formulate the future course of action.

The cases will be reopened against former prime ministers Nawaz Sharif, Yousuf Raza Gillani, Raja Pervez Ashraf, Shehbaz Sharif, Shahid Khaqan Abbasi, former president Asif Ali Zardari, former chief ministers of Sindh, Punjab as well as dozens of former federal and provincial ministers, according to media.

Sources said the fake accounts cases against Zardari and the rental power plants case against Ashraf have also been reopened. They added that the Toshakhana vehicles cases against Zardari, Nawaz and Gillani would also be investigated again.

Other politicians who would face cases include former chief minister Sindh Murad Ali Shah, former finance minister Miftah Ismail and former finance minister Senator Ishaq Dar for amassing assets beyond known sources of income.

NAB cases against former president, ex-prime ministers reopen after SC verdict

NAB cases against former president, ex-prime ministers reopen after SC verdict. The corruption cases against political bigwigs have been restored after the Supreme Court announced a major verdict on Pakistan Tehreek-e-Insaf (PTI) Chairman Imran Khan’s petition challenging the amendments made to the country’s accountability laws.

Former prime minister Nawaz Sharif, former president Asif Ali Zardari and former premier Yousuf Raza Gillani are likely to face inquiries after the Supreme Court in a 2-1 verdict struck down some of the amendments made to the accountability laws.

In the majority verdict today, the apex court restored graft cases against public office holders that were closed down following the amendments during the Pakistan Democratic Movement (PDM-led) government.

The three-member bench — headed by CJP Umar Ata Bandial, and comprising Justice Mansoor Ali Shah and Justice Ijazul Ahsan — declared the PTI chief’s petition admissible.

The Supreme Court declared nine out of 10 amendments null and void while Justice Shah issued a dissenting note in the case.

The apex court ordered restoring all graft cases worth less than Rs500 million that were closed down against the political leaders belonging to different political parties and public office holders and declared the amendments void.

The verdict on Khan’s appeal further added that the NAB amendments under question affected the rights of the public listed in the Constitution.

The verdict has some far-reaching consequences as the striking down of the amendments would mean that references against some of the country’s political bigwigs will once again land in the accountability courts.

The verdict directed the anti-corruption watchdog to reopen Toshakhana cases against Nawaz, Zardari and Gillani while the LNG terminal case against former premier Shahid Khaqan Abbasi and the rental power reference against Raja Pervez Ashraf had been restored as well in light of the verdict.

As per sources, cases against former premier Shaukat Aziz and former finance minister Ishaq Dar will also reopen. All these cases will be heard by the NAB.