Pakistan has been an important partner for nearly 75 years & we value our relationship, the United States said on Wednesday. Some 57% of people in Pakistan reported they were “happy” about Khan’s exit, while 43% were “angry” about the development, according to a poll conducted by Gallup Pakistan hours after the vote that took place just after midnight Sunday. Meanwhile new Prime Minister Shehbaz Sharif is yet to constitute his new Cabinet. Stay with TOI for more updates.Read Less
‘Will always put Pakistan as a priority in our neighbourhood diplomacy’: China to PM Sharif
Pakistan’s new govt may have to roll back fuel, power subsidies
Pakistan’s new government led by Prime Minister Shehbaz Sharif is in internal discussions on whether to roll back fuel and power subsidies that have blown a hole in public finances amid a stuttering economy, officials said. That relief measure, estimated at 373 billion Pakistani rupees ($2.06 billion), has stretched government finances in a way that cannot be sustained, the finance ministry’s top civil servant said. It has also endangered an ongoing International Monetary Fund rescue programme.
Pak Army contradicts Imran on ‘conspiracy’ statement
Pakistan Army has asserted that its chief General Qamar Javed Bajwa was not seeking an extension and will neither accept one. An army spokesperson also said that the word “conspiracy” was not used in the statement issued after a meeting of the National Security Committee last month, apparently contradicting ousted prime minister Imran Khan who has accused America of hatching a conspiracy to topple his government.
PM Sharif orders ‘Pakistan speed’ to fix stagnant economy
Pakistan’s new Prime Minister Shehbaz Sharif said Thursday the country’s economy had stagnated under his predecessor Imran Khan, setting the tone for possibly months of bitterness before an election that must be held by October next year. “Almost all sectors of economy remained stagnant under IK,” he later tweeted, referring to his predecessor by his initials. His “Pakistan speed” policy is an extension of a similar programme he introduced as chief minister of Punjab, the country’s most populous province, where he was credited with launching a series of high-profile — and vote-catching — projects.
PML-N leader says Nawaz Sharif may return to Pakistan before elections
Pakistan Muslim League Nawaz (PML-N) leader Talal Chaudhry on Wednesday said that former Prime Minister Nawaz Sharif is expected to return to Pakistan before the elections, reported local media. The cases filed against Nawaz Sharif were politically motivated and some people were imposed as the rulers by using the National Accountability Bureau (NAB), ARY News quoted PML-N leader Talal Chaudhry as saying during its news programme. Noting the importance of Nawaz Sharif in the party, Chaudhry claimed that the former Prime Minister will lead the campaign in Pakistan whenever the country goes to the polls.
Imran Khan questions judiciary’s role in his ouster
Pakistan Tehreek-e-Insaaf Chairman Imran Khan has questioned the judiciary to explain the motive behind opening its doors at midnight on Saturday, hours before his ouster as the prime minister via a successful no-confidence motion against him in the National Assembly. The no-trust vote took place after a high political drama in the National Assembly with the Supreme Court overturning the decision of the Deputy Speaker to reject the opposition sponsored no-confidence motion against the ruling PTI-led coalition.
The United States on Wednesday congratulated Shehbaz Sharif on becoming Pakistan’s new prime minister following the ouster of his predecessor in a parliamentary no-confidence vote
The top U.S. diplomat reaffirmed the "value" of the relationship between the two nations. Read more
Pakistan has been an important partner on wide-ranging mutual interests for nearly 75 yrs & we value our relationship. US congratulates newly elected Pakistani PM Shehbaz Sharif & looks forward to continuing our long standing cooperation with Pakistan’s govt.
US state secy Antony Blinken
Pak govt goes back on Shehbaz’s announcement on salary hike
In an apparent ‘U-turn’ from Pakistan Prime Minister Shehbaz Sharif’s announcement of an increase in salaries of government employees, former Finance Minister and senior leader of Pakistan Muslim League-Nawaz (PML-N), Miftah Ismail, said on Wednesday that since the salaries were raised a couple of months ago, the government is not raising them again, media reports said.In his maiden address as Prime Minister on the floor of the National Assembly, Sharif had announced an increase in salaries, pensions and minimum wage for labourers, Express Tribune reported.He said the PTI-led government left the country’s economy in tatters with the current account deficit and other economic indicators “worsening”.
Imran Khan ‘forcing’ PTI lawmakers to resign from Pakistan’s National Assembly: PML-N leader
‘Misunderstandings’ with military must be resolved, says former minister Sheikh Rashid (Dawn)
Awami Muslim League (AML) chief Sheikh Rashid Ahmed on Wednesday condemned the recent criticism of the Pakistan Army — both on social media and the streets — and indirectly acknowledged that the PTI and its allies have “misunderstandings” with the military establishment which he said must be resolved.The military has come under criticism this week on social media forums, and Twitter trends against the armed forces and its leadership have seen intense activity. Slogans critical of the army were also chanted during country-wide protests staged on Sunday in support of former prime minister Imran Khan following his ouster from power over the weekend via a successful no-confidence motion.
JUI-F activists protest against kidnapping of prayer leader
Leaders of the Jamiat Ulema-i-Islam-Fazl(JUI-F) in Sukkur protested on Wednesday against the kidnapping of Maulana Abdul Hameed Mahar, a prayer leader in a mosque in Kandowan locality.Maulana Mahar has been missing since Tuesday morning, reported Dawn.Leaders of the Jamiat Ulema-i-Islam-Fazl(JUI-F), as well as the local public, started a protest in lieu of their Imam, who was also a worker of the JUI-F worker, reported Dawn.The angry protesters claimed the prayer leader was last seen leaving his home before sunrise but no one saw him returning home afterwards.
US expects to continue ‘healthy military-to-military relationship’ with Pak, says Pentagon
The US has a “healthy military-to-military relationship” with Pakistani armed forces and it expects to continue the ties, Pentagon has said, days after Shehbaz Sharif became the new prime minister of Pakistan. Pentagon spokesperson John Kirby said the US has shared interests with Pakistan with respect to security and stability in “that part of the world”.
Imran Khan’s party to boycott investigation into ‘foreign conspiracy’ letter
Former Prime Minister Imran Khan’s Pakistan Tehreek-e-Insaf (PTI) on Tuesday announced that it will boycott any meeting of the Parliamentary Committee on National Security, which may look into the cable that allegedly revealed a conspiracy to topple their government, and demanded the country’s Supreme Court constitute an inquiry commission on the matter.The decision was made following a meeting of the political committee of PTI.
Shahbaz Gill is PTI leader Imran’s new chief of staff
Pakistan Tehreek-e-Insaf party Chairman Imran Khan has appointed Shahbaz Gill, who served him as a special assistant in the government before its ouster last week, as his chief of staff, it was announced on Wednesday.According to a notification in connection with Gill’s appointment, Gill as the chief of staff will look after the affairs of the chairman’s office and related activities.He will also be in charge of Khan’s security routine and political activities, the notification said.Before Gill, late Pakistan Tehreek-e-Insaf (PTI) leader Naeemul Haque served as the chief of staff to the party chief until his demise in February 2020.
Pak’s top investigative agency opens probe against Imran Khan over sale of gifted necklace
Pakistan’s Federal Investigation Agency (FIA) has opened an inquiry against former prime minister Imran Khan over allegations that an expensive necklace received as a gift during his tenure was sold to a jeweller for Rs 18 crore instead of depositing it to the state gift repository, according to media report on Wednesday.The necklace Khan received as a gift was not sent to the tosha-khana (state gift repository), but given to former special assistant Zulfikar Bukhari, who sold it to a jeweller in Lahore for Rs 18 crore, the Express Tribune newspaper reported.
PM Shahbaz Sharif chairs meeting on petrol prices
Former prime minister Shahid Khaqan Abbasi, ex-finance minister Miftah Ismail, Oil and Gas Regulatory Authority (OGRA) chairman and secretaries of the finance and petroleum division were among the attendees. The meeting discussed various measures to control the skyrocketing prices of petrol in the country. It also discussed steps to overcome electricity load shedding amid ongoing sweltering weather conditions.
Rising unrest in Pakistan after Imran Khan’s ouster causes concerns for China
The massive protests in several parts of the country after Khan’s ouster, leading to disruption of social order have caused serious concerns for Beijing.Chinese news organisation Global Times said that the “internal chaos” in the country could affect the ongoing Beijing driven projects under the China Pakistan Economic Corridor.The second phase of the CPEC has already been halted due to the rising political instability in the country.
PM Shahbaz Sharif arrives in Karachi on maiden visit: Pak media
During his day-long visit, PM Shahbaz will hold meetings with the leaders of allied parties and chair a consultative meeting relating to development projects in Karachi. He will also attend a meeting on the law and order situation in the metropolis at the Chief Minister House.He will also visit the mausoleum of Quaid-e-Azam Mohammad Ali Jinnah accompanied by the leaders of allied parties.
57 per cent of Pakistanis happy with Imran Khan’s exit
A majority of Pakistanis are happy that former Prime Minister Imran Khan was ousted in a no-confidence vote in parliament, a new survey showed. Some 57% of people in the South Asian nation reported they were “happy” about Khan’s exit, while 43% were “angry” about the development, according to a poll conducted by Gallup Pakistan hours after the vote that took place just after midnight Sunday. The survey was conducted over phone using random digit dialing with over 1000 men and women in over 100 districts.