ISLAMABAD: Satiated with the appointment of Chaudhry Pervaiz Elahi as the deputy prime minister, the PML-Q seems to have given up its demand to be a part of the Khyber-Pakhtunkhwa government for now.
The desire to join the provincial government was first expressed by PML-Q chief Chaudhry Shujaat Hussain about three months earlier. The party, however, has not pressed for it since.
PML-Q’s spokesman Senator Kamil Ali Agha insists they have not abandoned the plan. “We are negotiating with our coalition partners and have not dropped the idea, (but) priorities at this juncture have changed.”
Agha attributed the delay in negotiations to recent political developments. “The government is already grappling with a number of issues. We do not believe in blackmail and are therefore not pressing our allied partners for the demand.”
He was, however, quick to add: “We are still engaged in consultations with the ruling party as the move would be beneficial for all and not just the PML-Q.”
Responding to a question about prominent party figures opting to join PML-N and PTI such as Amir Muqam, Marvi Memon and Sikandar Bosan, Agha said. “Our party is still intact and the recent Senate elections have proved that.”
It is said PML-Q’s ambition to join the provincial government of K-P is an attempt by the party to recoup after Amir Muqam’s departure, which has put its presence in the region at stake.
However, reports of disgruntled members are still surfacing. Senior leader of PML-Q, Riaz Hussain Pirzada is said to be the latest addition to such dissenters. Pirzada on Friday questioned the appointment of Pervaiz Elahi as the deputy premier, saying there was no constitutional provision for the post.
Another faction of PML-Q known as Likeminded has also struck a deal with the PML-N, while the breakaway faction in the Punjab Assembly, known as Unification Bloc, has weakened the party further.
Updated at: 25 May 2013
Liverpool manager’s son found not guilty LONDON: Liverpool manager Brendan Rodgers voiced his family’s relief after his footballer son Anton was cleared Friday in a sex case at England’s central criminal court.
Anton Rodgers, 20, and three Brighton team-mates were found not guilty of sexual assault and voyeurism.
The retrial, at the Old Bailey in London, followed an earlier trial in which a jury could not agree verdicts.
Brendan Rodgers said: “The last 18 months have been extremely traumatic for us as a family, but we are ...
Updated at: 25 May 2013
Space trip with DiCaprio costs $1.55m CANNES - Leonardo DiCaprio is going to get closer to stars of a different kind as he heads into space aboard the Virgin Galactic, and a well-heeled bidder at the Cannes Film Festival has paid 1.2 million euros (1.5 million) to be his travel buddy.
The Holywood star’s sub-orbital trip was among 20 goodies up for grabs at the 20th amfAR bash, a gala auction that is one of the glitziest festival events and that this year helped raise a record-breaking $25 million for AIDS research.
PIA plane lands at Manchester airport, probe continues LONDON: A Pakistan International Airline (PIA) passenger plane, which was forced to land at a London airport after two travelers threatened to ‘explode the plane’ during their argument, has now arrived at Manchester.
According to the sources, British police arrested two people on suspicion of ... Deal with IMF now will be self-defeating: Sartaj LAHORE : Pakistan’s new leadership expects first results of its planned steps to shore up its finances and ease a power crisis in two or three months and only then should decide whether and on what terms to seek an IMF bailout, a senior policy adviser said on Friday.
Most economists, lenders and ... Altaf says he never preached misuse of authority KARACHI: Muttahida Quami Movement (MQM) chief Altaf Hussain said on Friday that he had never preached corruption, fraud, cheating, overstepping and misuse of authority and indulging in social evils to his workers.
"I have been asking his workers to refrain from these evils since 1978, Altaf said ... Peshawar: 7 policemen dead in rocket assault PESHAWAR: At least seven policemen were killed while seven more policeman including District Police Officer (DPO) Kohat were critically injured in a rocket attack here on Friday night.
According to the sources, the incident took place when 10 to 15 militants attacked a convoy of DPO Kohat ... Dark ages: The heat is on, the power is off FAISALABAD / KARACHI / ISLAMABAD: It’s the perfect storm, Pakistan style. This Friday was the hottest day Lahore has suffered in the last 29 years, with the temperature shooting up as high as 47 degrees centigrade, a record according to the Pakistan Metrological Department. And on this sweltering ...