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Govt announces additional three-month salary for federal employees | Pakistan

ISLAMABAD: The federal government on Friday announced an additional three-month salaries for all of its employees, read a notification issued by the PM Office.

“. . .All employees of the federal government shall be given honourarium equivalent to three (3) basic pays for financial year 2017-18,” the notification said.

“No exception shall be allowed for payment in excess of the ceiling in any case.”

It said the prime minister desired that for financial year 2018-19 onwards a policy may be formulated by the new elected government after elections 2018.

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Shehbaz Sharif says PML-N joined assemblies to protest against rigging

ISLAMABAD: Pakistan Muslim League-Nawaz (PML-N) president Mian Shehbaz Sharif on Wednesday said that his party only joined the assemblies to record its protest against “the rigging and manipulation” of July 25 general elections, ARY News reported.

In a tweet posted on his Twitter account, the PML-N president maintained that his party’s parliamentarians will make sure that all rigging instances are duly probed and the people’s mandate is safeguarded.

“We will play our role to strengthen democratic traditions and uphold the civilian supremacy,” wrote Shehbaz.

It is pertinent to note here that PML-N, the former ruling party, has failed to form government even in Punjab province after losing majority in Center and Punjab to rival Pakistan Tehreek-e-Insaf (PTI).



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PPP leader confirms party will not vote for Shehbaz Sharif

ISLAMABAD: Pakistan People’s Party (PPP) leader Chaudhry Manzoor on Wednesday confirmed that his party has decided not to vote for Pakistan Muslim League-Nawaz (PML-N) nominee foShehbaz Sharif during the election for prime minister, ARY News reported.

Speaking exclusively to ARY News, Chaudhry Manzoor said that his party leadership had informed the PML-N at least three days ago that their MNAs will not vote for Shehbaz Sharif.

The PPP leader, however, added that his party wants to vote for a joint candidate from opposition and will wait for PML-N to change the candidate.

Earlier, PPP chief Bilawal Bhutto Zardari too hinted at the same while speaking to media in the federal capital.

As one of the reporters asked if his party’s parliamentarians will vote for PML-N president Shehbaz Sharif during the election of PM, the PPP chief said that he will urge PML-N to change its PM nominee.

Bilawal says will urge PML-N to change its PM nominee


An opposition alliance comprising PPP, PML-N, ANP, MMA and other parties on August 7 had jointly nominated Shehbaz Sharif as their candidate for premiership.

The opposition alliance named “alliance for free and fair elections” had earlier decided to support a PML-N candidate for PM, a PPP nominee for speaker and MMA one for deputy speaker slot.

The elections for speaker and deputy speaker slot were held earlier today in the National Assembly wherein PTI’s Asad Qaiser and Qasim Suri elected as the speaker and deputy speaker.

Asad Qaisar was contesting against PPP nominee Khursheed Shah. Qaiser received 176 votes whereas Shah got 146 votes.

The opposition alliance reportedly voted for PPP nominee as planned.

Shehbaz Sharif nominated joint opposition’s candidate for PM: Marriyum Aurangzeb




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Fawad Chaudhry says corruption cases cannot be dropped

ISLAMABAD: Pakistan Tehreek-e-Insaf (PTI) spokesman Fawad Chaudhry on Wednesday said that corruption cases against anyone cannot be closed, while former prime minister Nawaz Sharif was convicted by the courts and not parliament.

The spokesman said slogans were raised in the National Assembly that Nawaz Sharif should be released, whereas in fact he was sentenced by the courts.

He said that Nawaz Sharif was involved in corruption worth billions of rupees, while the environment of the parliament was worsened by the ruckus created by the PML-N leaders in the National Assembly displaying posters of the convicted former premier.

He said that they are fully aware of the rights of the opposition, but it is not the perogative of the parliament or the federal government to release Nawaz Sharif but rather the courts.

He said that cases against Pakistan Peoples Party co-chairman Asif Ali Zardari are also ongoing in the courts, and similarly cannot be dropped by the government.

“The main conflict with the opposition is that cases should be dropped,” he said.

Responding to a question, he said that four rejected votes for the election of the Speaker National Assembly belonged to the PTI.

He said the votes for the prime minister will also be around 185. He said that Imran Khan after being sworn in will lay down the foundation of new and prosperous Pakistan.

He criticised the opposition saying that they took their oath of office but still claim not to accept the election result.



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