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Contempt of court: ECP issues bailable-arrest warrant for PTI chief



ISLAMABAD: The Election Commission of Pakistan (ECP) today issued an arrest warrant for Imran Khan in a contempt of court case.

The warrant was issued after the petitioner’s lawyer argued before the commission that the Pakistan Tehreek-e-Insaf (PTI) chief had to appear before ECP but he kept ignoring the directions.

On the other hand, Imran’s counsel told the commission that the case pertaining to the contempt of court would be heard in the larger bench of the high court.

“He [Imran] will appear before the larger bench court today,” Babar Awan, who defends Imran Khan, said.

He further maintained that Khan was unable to appear before the ECP because he was out of the country.


All in the Family: Marium Nawaz to replace her husband as PML-N Chief!



LAHORE: Sources privy to have insinuated that Kulsoom Nawaz (MNA) is all set to become the PML-N chief after disqualification of her husband.

According to details this was decided in a huddle at Punjab House here. Participants pondered over the state of affairs following SC judgment that barred Nawaz from heading the Party.

Readers may recall, while Kulsoom Nawaz was undergoing treatment in London for throat cancer, her daughter led campaign to get mom elected from the constituency left vacant by dad (the ousted prime minister).  

It is interesting to observe that during the Punjab House huddle Nawaz only spoke for ten minutes. Moreover, none of the top brass of PML-N named Shahbaz Sharif for the top slot.


Nawaz – disqualified under Articles 62 and 63 – cannot serve as PML-N head: SC

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Research is not given due importance in Pakistan: Prof. Dr. Iqbal Choudhary




KARACHI: Professor Dr. Muhammad Iqbal Choudhary (Director International Center for Chemical & Biological Sciences) has lamented that despite knowing the value of research work it was not given due importance and that had led to intellectual crisis in Pakistan.  

Dr. Choudhary was speaking as guest of honor on the occasion of 9th Annual Research Day held here today at Dr. Abdul Qadeer Khan Auditorium, Dow University of Health Sciences (DUHS).

The celebrated scientist, however, optimistically noted that there were some people and fund-raising organizations “who are passionate to spend on research work over recent developments and are providing funds for multi-disciplinary topics.

“What would be more catastrophic than having people claiming and making dictum without any reference of the past history or any book? Despite of being the 5th largest population as Pakistani, we are having our intellectual people migrating to other countries benefiting them instead of us.” Dr. Muhammad Iqbal Choudhary added.

Stressing on the need to promote research work and to support research culture among students Dr. Choudhary opined young dynamic students should be provided right platform in order to increase their capabilities to be more subsistent among other nations.

Dr. Choudhary pointed out that it was due to the endless efforts and endeavors of Dr. Saleemuzaman Siddiqui that HEJ Research Institute of Chemistry had become a significant institute for scientific developments: “We look forward to establish many such institutions in future”, he concluded.  

Vice Chancellor, DUHS Prof. Dr. Mohammad Saeed Quraishi, while addressing the ladies and gentlemen in the audience stated that research was the back bone of any university and distinguished it from a college: “It is the prime duty of the students to get benefit from the research platform that Dow University has provided them and take it to the highest level by increasing the efficacy and capability of the newer generation through the knowledge of new developments and research culture”.

The VC also emphasized upon the need to enhance the capabilities of the youth so that they might continue upon their endeavors in future.

Conspicuous among others, besides senior faculty members and students, there were Engineer Jawed Memon (Regional Director, Higher Education Commission), Mohammad Masroor Pro-VC DUHS, Prof. Dr. Amanullah Abbasi (Registrar), Prof. Dr. Zarnaz Wahid (Principal Dow International Medical College), Nadeem Shakoor Jaweri (Director Finance).

According to details the Research Day showcased presentations by a thousand researchers. DUHS’ Assitt. Prof. Asif Qureishi bagged the first prize. He was followed by Syeda Sadia Fatima from Aga Khan University and Sania Shabbir from Federal Urdu University who were awarded 2nd and 3rd prizes respectively.

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Nawaz – disqualified under Articles 62 and 63 – cannot serve as PML-N head: SC



ISLAMABAD: Three-judge SC bench in a verdict on petitions (filed by PTI, AML, PPP & others) challenging Election Act 2017 has said here today that an individual disqualified under Articles 62 and 63 cannot serve as party head.

Since all the decisions taken by Sharif have been declared null and void, the PML-N will have to give fresh names of candidates for the Senate elections scheduled to be held on 3rd day of March, 2018).

It is pertinent to mention here that, after Nawaz Sharif  was disqualified by the SC from holding a public office, passage of the said Act had earlier enabled Nawaz Sharif to regain his lost position as PML-N head.

Undaunted by the SC decision Maryam Nawaz Sharif took to the twitter to buck-up Sharifs followers: 

Many are wondering about the fate of NA-154 (Lodhran-1) by-elections!



Nawaz Sharif can now again become PML-N chief!

Recent amendments to Elections Act 2017 provides legal cover to Nawaz: CEC



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