|Political alliance: Jamshed Dasti sets conditions for joining PML-N|
14 May 2013
MULTAN: Independent candidate Jamshed Dasti is set to join the Pakistan Muslim League-Nawaz, sources told The Express Tribune.
Dasti, who won two National Assembly seats, NA-177 (Muzaffargarh-II) and NA-178 (Muzaffargarh-III), in the May 11 elections, was previously affiliated with the Pakistan Peoples Party (PPP).
According to sources, the PML-N has asked all district presidents of the party to invite independent candidates – including Dasti – into the party folds. They confirmed that Dasti is willing to join the PML-N.
However, Dasti spelled out four conditions for joining the PML-N. Firstly, he wants the PML-N support his candidate in the NA-178 by-elections as he is relinquishing this seat in favour of NA-177. “I want to field a candidate who like me, belongs to the lower middle class,” Dasti says.
Secondly, Dasti calls for strengthening the Muzaffargarh link canal which, according to him, is a major threat to local residents. Thirdly, Dasti says that Muzaffargarh should not be left at the mercy of the bureaucracy, like it was done in the past. Lastly, he seeks exemption for labourers and daily-wage workers from fare in local transport at the district level.
Dasti, who had also won the 2008 election from Muzaffargarh, says that it took the people of Muzaffargarh decades to be free themselves from the clutches of feudal lords.
“Democracy is their [feudal lords’] tool to fool the poor people like us and nobody has ever visited the people in the constituency,” he says.
|See Also in Political News|
|Business tycoon Malik Riaz loses 'Bahria' brand name|
28 March 2015
RAWALPINDI: A court in Rawalpindi accepted the petition of naval subsidiary Bahria Foundation to restrain business tycoon Malik Riaz Hussain’s from using the name ‘Bahria’ for his housing society.
The court handed down a verdict in the over a decade old case filed in 2002.
Riaz’s legal adviser, Qaiser Qadeer Qureshi, said that so far the court announced a short order and are awaiting a detailed verdict.
“After examining that, Bahria Town will file an appeal”, he told a local ... Full Story
|Conspiracy to discredit Islam in Middle East cause of concern: Lodhi|
28 March 2015
NEW YORK: Permanent Representative of Pakistan to the United Nations Dr Maleeha Lodhi said on Saturday the conspiracy to discredit Islam in the Middle East was a cause of concern.
Dr Lodhi emphasised that the security and sovereignty of all countries should be respected. She added that Islam teaches love, brotherhood, tolerance and humanity.
Dr Lodhi’s statements come in the backdrop of Saudi Arabia and a coalition of regional allies launching air strikes against Huthi rebels in Yemen on ... Full Story
|Parliament to be taken into confidence: Asif|
28 March 2015
ISLAMABAD: Minister for Defence Khawaja Muhammad Asif on Friday told the National Assembly that parliament will be taken into confidence if a decision was taken to send the army to the Middle East.
The minister said no decision had been taken to participate in the war in the Middle East; rather Pakistan had pledged to defend the territorial integrity of Saudi Arabia.“Pakistan has pledged to defend Saudi Arabia in case of any danger to its territorial integrity and security of the friendly ... Full Story