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It’s everyone’s democratic right to chant Go Nawaz Go: Imran



ISLAMABAD: Slamming the prime minister’s daughter Maryam Nawaz Sharif for her veiled threat against Pakistan Tehreek-e-Insaf supporters, PTI chairman Imran Khan said it is everyone’s democratic right to chant “Go Nawaz Go.”

“It is our democratic right to chant slogans against the government. However, it is undemocratic to beat up people who are protesting,” the PTI chief said, during his rally in Mianwali, while referring to the Wazirabad incident on October 1 when a PML-N MPA beat up people as they chanted the viral slogan.

“I won’t mind if people chant Go Imran Go,” Imran said, claiming he does not understand why the chant bothers the PML-N leadership.

Beaming with pride at the “sea” of people present at his rally, Imran mockingly asked Prime Minister Nawaz Sharif to mobilise 30 per cent of the people present for his own rally. “If you are able to gather 30 per cent of these people then we will consider that you (PM Nawaz) did not rig elections.”

Reiterating that he will not end his ongoing sit-in, the PTI chief asked the premier not to resign right now so he can “awaken” the rest of the nation.

Further, Imran thanked the people of his hometown, Mianwali for their constant support and for paving his way into the National Assembly.

“When no one supported me you did,” he said, adding, “I could never forget what the people of Mianwali have done for me.”

Earlier today, while talking to media representatives in Bani Gala before leaving for Mianwali, the PTI chief announced that he’ll be holding a rally in Larkana on November 21.

“VIP culture is being eliminated gradually,” the PTI chief said, adding the government was forced into reducing the price of petrol and not increasing electricity rates due to the pressure created by the sit-ins on the government.

“This is better than winning any election.”

PAT rallies

Following in PTI’s steps, Pakistan Awami Tehreek chief Dr Tahirul Qadri also announced that he will be spreading his movement and will hold rallies in Faisalabad on October 12 and at Minar-e-Pakistan in Lahore on October 19.


Article 62 & 63: NA speaker rejects reference seeking disqualification of PM Nawaz



ISLAMABAD: Speaker National Assembly Ayaz Sadiq on Thursday rejected a reference seeking disqualification of Prime Minister Nawaz Sharif in view of Article 63 (2) of the constitution. 

Giving ruling over the reference filed by lawyer Muhammad Azhar Siddique and others, the speaker said he was not bound to forward the same to Election Commission of Pakistan (ECP) for a decision. Copy of the said ruling is available with The Express Tribune.

The speaker said that the National Assembly’s August 29 debate reveals that the allegations in the reference are factually incorrect.

“Reference being legally and factually baseless does not result in any disqualification under Article 63(2) of the constitution and therefore, I decline to refer it the ECP”, the speaker said in his ruling.

The ruling stated that Article 62 applies on a person to be elected or chosen as a member of Parliament prior to elections.

The speaker, while referring to Article 66 (1) of the constitution, said that any statement by a member of sitting Parliament member calls for an internal proceeding.

Sadiq also said that the same article provides complete protection to a member of Parliament from any proceeding for anything said by him at any forum.

Article 66(1) of the constitution says there shall be freedom of speech in Parliament and no member shall be be liable to any proceedings in any court in respect of anything said or any vote given by him in Parliament

“The qualifications for membership of Parliament as laid down in Article 62 of the constitution are qualifications of the nature. Therefore, no notice can be given or entertained by the Speaker with reference to Article 62 of the constitution as prayed, after the member has been elected by electorate,” the ruling stated.

Meanwhile, during the hearing of PM’s disqualification case, the bench of the apex court, headed by Justice Jawwad S Khawaja  raised a question about the mechanism of invoking Article 62 and 63 in any matter.


‘Go Nawaz Go’: Heated tempers over controversial slogan



LAHORE: The controversial ‘Go Nawaz Go’ slogan seems to have permeated into wider sections of society, as well as the top echelons of the political world, and has seemingly irked many in its wake.

The slogan, chanted by protesters in Wazirabad, managed to offend an MPA from Pakistan Muslim League – Nawaz (PML-N) Tohfiq Butt, who resorted to beating up the hecklers on Wednesday, Express News reported.

Butt was accompanying Prime Minister Nawaz Sharif in Gujranwala, where the premier was addressing the flood victims of the area.

On their return, flood victims chanted ‘Go Nawaz Go’ at their car, upon which Butt got off the car to beat them up.

“If these bullies chant ‘Go Nawaz Go’ again, we will beat them up with shoes,” Butt said, while addressing the media, following the incident.

Similarly, earlier today, lawyers began chanting ‘Go Nawaz Go’, during the All Party’s Conference at the Lahore High Court Bar Association (LHCBA).

The chanting began right after LHCBA President Shafqat Mahmood Chohan finished speaking at the event.

Some lawyers protested against the chanting, while others joined the chorus.

Pakistan Tehreek-e-Insaaf (PTI) leader Shah Mehmood Qureshi was also present during the incident but seemed to have gestured to the lawyers to quiet down as he got into his car.

The controversial slogan ‘Go Nawaz Go’ has become a common feature at events with government functionaries in attendance.

On Tuesday, a fight broke out between two lawmakers from the Pakistan Muslim League-Nawaz (PML-N) and PTI during a meeting of the National Assembly Standing Committee on communications when a PTI MNA reportedly shouted ‘Go Nawaz, Go’ while the meeting was in progress.

Earlier, crowds chanted ‘Go Nawaz Go’ during Hamza Shahbaz’s speech in Lahore last week, forcing him to cut short his speech.


Pakistan lacks resources to counter natural calamities: Nawaz



WAZIRABAD: Prime Minister Nawaz Sharif admitted on Wednesday that the government lacks the resources to counter natural calamities, but felt the government still needed take remedial measures to avert floods in the future.

“A national committee on prevention of floods is the need of the hour to propose measures to prevent floods and mitigate losses in the future,” the premier said while speaking at a ceremony in Wazirabad.

PM Nawaz accompanied by Punjab Chief Minister Shahbaz Sharif visited Wazirabad today to distribute the first installment of Rs25,000 cash assistance among flood victims.

“Pakistan lacks resources to counter natural calamities,” the premier solemnly admitted, adding that the government is facing a tough time deciding how to allocate money between those displaced due to the ongoing Operation Zarb-e-Azb in North Waziristan, on the provision of health and electricity and on the rehabilitation of flood victims.

“Helping flood victims is the obligation of the government and we will not sit at ease till the time the last flood victim is compensated,” Nawaz reiterated.

PM Nawaz further said the government is working on rescue and relief operations and rehabilitation of the victims if the government’s top priority.

The premier thanked Punjab CM Shahbaz Sharif for his “tireless” efforts in rescue and relief operations.

Floods wreaked havoc this year claiming 359 lives in Punjab, Gilgit-Baltistan and Azad Kashmir and affecting over 1.7 million people, according to the National Disaster Management Authority.


MNAs come to blows over ‘Go Nawaz, Go’ slogan



ISLAMABAD: A fight broke out between two lawmakers from the Pakistan Muslim League-Nawaz (PML-N) and Pakistan Tehreek-e-Insaf (PTI) during a meeting of the National Assembly Standing Committee on Communications on Tuesday when a PTI MNA reportedly shouted ‘Go Nawaz, Go’ while the meeting was in progress.

The meeting was convened at the Parliament Lodges to discuss ongoing work on the Lyari Expressway. Muttahida Qaumi Movement MNA Sufyan Yousaf was presiding over the meeting as National Highway Authority officials briefed the lawmakers present. Some lawmakers joked with PTI MNAs Salimur Rehman and Hamidul Haq, saying, ‘Come Imran, Come’. The meeting participants said Hamidul Haq responded by saying, ‘Go Nawaz, Go’ and a brawl subsequently broke out.

The meeting participants said Hamidul Haq punched PML-N MNA Sarzameen and Haq’s shirt pockets were torn off in the melee. Sources said Sarzameen visited the dispensary at the Parliament Lodges as he was bleeding slightly from a blow to his face. However, Sarzameen denied these reports when speaking with The Express Tribune. Haq claimed that he punched Sarzameen as he was hooting at the female PTI workers present at the sit-in in Islamabad. He said he had minor bruises on his hands from the scuffle.

Both MNAs said they are ready to meet to bury any misunderstandings.

Published in The Express Tribune, October 1st, 2014.


‘Go Nawaz Go’ chant leads to brawl in Senate Standing Committee meeting



ISLAMABAD: The controversial “Go Nawaz Go” slogan found its way into the upper echelons of the government as it lead to a brawl between PML-N and PTI leaders during in a Senate Standing Committee meeting on Tuesday.

Taking a jab Pakistan Tehreek-e-Insaf (PTI) MNAs Hamidul Haq and Saleemur Rehman for attending the session despite having submitted resignations to the National Assembly speaker, Pakistan Muslim League-Nawaz (PML-N) leaders light-heartedly chanted “Come Imran Come.”

To this, Haq responded with the viral chant “Go Nawaz Go,” and as the exchange of slogans continued, Haq is said to have punched PML-N’s Sarzameen Khan, according to members present in the meeting.

According to sources, Sarzameen was injured in the altercation. However, talking to The Express Tribune, the minister denied the reports and claimed he was the one who punched Haq, who fell to the floor after the beating.

The fight ended after female members of the committee intervened. The meeting was postponed without concluding the proceedings, a member of the committee told The Express Tribune.

“We intervened to restore order and asked the chairman of the committee to put a stop to such behavior,” she added.

While talking to The Express Tribune, Haq admitted punching the PML-N member, saying “I punched Sarzameen when he was spoke against PTI female workers participating in the dharna in Islamabad.”

Haq added that he also received minor bruises during the scuffle.

However, both MNAs admitted that their actions were against parliamentary norms and they were ready to sit together to clarify misunderstandings.

The Senate Standing committee meeting on communications was called to discuss issues regarding ongoing work on the Lyari Expressway.  Muttahida Qaumi Movement MNA Sufyan Yousaf was presiding the meeting, during which officials of National Highway Authority were meant to brief the lawmakers.

Previous altercations

On September 29, a doctor was beaten up as he stood up in a meeting of the Pakistan Medical Association and chanted “Go Nawaz Go.”

PML-N ministers have also been caught in embarrassing situations as crowds start chanting “Go Nawaz Go” interrupting their speeches.

Hamza Shahbaz, son of Punjab Chief Minister Shahbaz Sharif, was forced to cut short his speech during his address to mark World Tourism Day in Alhamra hall in Lahore as crowds started chanting ‘Go Nawaz Go.’

Earlier, during Planning Minister Ahsan Iqbal’s speech at Preston University, a student chanted ‘Go Nawaz Go.’ However, Iqbal was not perturbed and continued his speech; the student, however, was expelled.


Judiciary not conspiring against government: Nawaz



ISLAMABAD: Prime Minister Nawaz Sharif said on Monday that he does not believe that the judiciary is conspiring against the government.

Nawaz spoke to reporters at the end of a two night stop-over in London before returning to Pakistan late on Monday evening.

He said that the Parliament had played a significant role in strengthening democracy.

Talking about his speech at the 69th UN General Assembly in New York, he said that his stance on Kashmir represented the aspirations of people of Pakistan.

The premier claimed that the government was working despite the disturbance caused by sit-ins. He added that his government too wanted to remove anomalies in the system, wherever they exist.

Later on Monday evening, the prime minister arrived in the country.


Minar-e-Pakistan Rally: ‘Go Nawaz, Go’ chant will haunt PM, says Imran



LAHORE: 

After a massive rally in Karachi, the Pakistan Tehreek-e-Insaf (PTI) on Sunday staged an impressive show of political strength in Lahore, a city considered as a bastion of power of its main political nemesis, the ruling Pakistan Muslim League-Nawaz (PML-N).

“Prime Minister Nawaz Sharif will not be able to rule now as the ‘Go Nawaz, Go’ chant will chase him wherever he goes,” PTI chairman Imran Khan told hundreds of thousands of his frenzied supporters in the shadow of Minar-e-Pakistan. It was a carnival atmosphere as men, women and children, waving party flags and donning party colour caps, sang and danced to songs.

“This slogan will not let him sleep,” he said, adding that one day someone from the prime minister’s own household would shout ‘Go Nawaz, Go’. Since August 14, Imran has been leading a street campaign for an audit of the 2013 elections which, he alleges, were massively rigged in favour of the PML-N. “Justice cannot be served so long as Nawaz Sharif is in power,” he said.

Imran renewed his demand for the prime minister to step down, appoint someone to step into his shoes and order an independent inquiry into the rigging allegations. The PTI chairman said he would not end the Islamabad sit-in, which started on August 16, until the prime minister resigned.

“If the inquiry proves me wrong, I will apologise. But if it confirms our allegations, then all who rigged the elections, their facilitators and abettors will face cases under Article 6 of Constitution,” he said.

Imran said that after 18 years of political struggle he was happy to see that the Pakistani nation has awakened. “I haven’t seen a bigger rally than this. I challenge Nawaz Sharif to gather even 10 per cent of the crowd present here,” Imran said as the charged crowd shouted ‘Go Nawaz, Go’.

He vowed no let-up in his anti-government campaign, saying that he would stage the next rally in his hometown of Mianwali on Thursday, followed by another one in Multan.

The PTI chairman said the Nawaz government had increased electricity tariffs by up to 80%in one year and charged consumers Rs70 billion in inflated bills. “If you pay your electricity bills, the prices will go further up in next two months. Don’t pay your bills. I have burnt my bills as well,” Imran told his supporters.

About the alleged rigging in the 2013 elections, the PTI chairman said the Election Commission of Pakistan (ECP) had yet not published ‘Form 14’, which presiding officers submit to returning officers (ROs), on its website “This means the ROs issued results without counting the ballots. If the ECP doesn’t upload Form 14 on the website, we will believe that the ECP was also involved in the rigging,” he added.

Imran said Pakistan Peoples Party (PPP) Co-Chairman Asif Zardari and Nawaz Sharif had a secret agreement whereby they support each other on the pretext of saving democracy. “We are happy that the joint session of Parliament was convened. Now, the whole Pakistan knows who stands with whom,” he added.

The PTI leader said that his Islamabad dharna had achievements to its credit, including registration of a criminal case against the prime minister. “The Supreme Court has also admitted petitions seeking disqualification of Nawaz Sharif for lying to the parliament,” he added.

Highlighting his vision of ‘Naya Pakistan’, Imran said a PTI government would focus on three areas: justice, education and humanity.

“We will introduce the same education system for the whole country. Currently, 800,000 children go to English-medium schools, 30 million to Urdu-medium schools and two million get education at Islamic seminaries.” He also vowed to turn governor and chief minister houses into libraries, ensure austerity and run the government with simplicity.

Earlier, PTI Vice Chairman Shah Mahmood Qureshi, other leaders of the party and Awami Muslim League chief Sheikh Rasheed Ahmed also addressed the rally.

Published in The Express Tribune, September 29th, 2014.


Crowds chant ‘Go Nawaz Go’ forcing Hamza Shahbaz to cut short his speech



LAHORE: Hamza Shahbaz, son of Punjab Chief Minister Shahbaz Sharif faced an embarrassing situation on Saturday when during his address to mark World Tourism Day in Alhamra hall, Lahore, crowds started chanting ‘Go Nawaz Go’ forcing him to cut short his speech.

As the central leader of the Pakistan Muslim League-Nawaz started delivering his speech and speaking against the Pakistan Tehreek-e-Insaf and Pakistan Awami Tehreek sit-ins in Islamabad to overthrow the incumbent government, a woman rose and started chanting ‘Go Nawaz Go.’

Undeterred in her chants and stirring the crowd, ‘Shame shame’ could be heard echoing in the hall in the Express News footage as Hamza is forced to cut short his speech and uncomfortably stands up from the stage to dash towards the exit door.

As Hamza walked towards the exit door, the entire hall rose up to chant ‘Go Nawaz Go.’

Hamza Shahbaz was the chief guest of the event and was expected to address the crowd at 11am but started his speech at 1:30pm, agitating the crowd.

The disgruntled crowd claimed that they were waiting hungry and thirsty for Hamza Shahbaz since eight in the morning. However, not only was he late, but he ignored the topic of tourism and only addressed the current political crisis.

This is not the first time a PML-N minister has been heckled by the crowds.

Earlier, during Planning Minister Ahsan Iqbal’s speech at Preston University, a student chanted ‘Go Nawaz Go.’ However, Iqbal was not perturbed and continued his speech, while the student was later expelled.


Cancellation of foreign secretary level talks was a missed opportunity, says Nawaz



Prime Minister Nawaz Sharif on Friday expressed his disappointment over the cancellation of Foreign Secretary level talks between Pakistan and India.

“It is my government’s aspiration and effort to build a peaceful neighborhood by pursuing a policy of constructive engagement,” said Nawaz Sharif while addressing the United Nations (UN) General Assembly on Friday evening.

Terming it a “missed opportunity” to resolve conflicts, Nawaz said, “We have a choice today: continue with the status quo or to seize the moment to resolve all outstanding issues and free up our shared energies for cooperation. To take this course of high statesmanship, we need more, not less, dialogue and diplomacy.”

Expressing his disappointment at the cancellation of Secretary level talks, Nawaz said, “The world community, too, rightly saw it as another missed opportunity.”

“Pakistan is convinced that we must remain engaged in the dialogue process for settling disputes and building economic and trade relations. Let us not ignore the dividends of peace,” he added.

Commenting on the long standing issue between India and Pakistan, the premier said, “More than six decades ago, the United Nations passed resolutions to hold a plebiscite in Jammu and Kashmir. The people of Jammu and Kashmir are still waiting for the fulfillment of that promise.”

Terming the resolution of Kashmir issue as the responsibility of the international community, Nawaz said, “We cannot draw a veil on the issue of Kashmir, until it is addressed in accordance with the wishes of the people of Jammu and Kashmir.”

“Pakistan is ready to work for resolution of this problem through negotiations. Our support and advocacy of the right to self-determination of the people of Jammu and Kashmir is our historic commitment and a duty, as a party to the Kashmir dispute,” he added.

Nawaz urges UN to address root causes of conflicts

Earlier, while addressing the United Nations (UN) Peace Summit on Friday, Prime Minister Nawaz Sharif urged UN to address the root causes to prevent conflicts for ensuring sustainable peace in the world, Radio Pakistan reported.

Emphasising on the need for strengthening nexus between peacekeeping and peace building and initiating early mission assessment and planning to ensure coherence, Nawaz said all stakeholders including peace contributors and those making financial contributions should be consulted to ensure effective implementation of the peacekeeping missions.

The premier called for enhancing safety and security of peacekeepers and ensuring professional excellence through deployment of peacekeepers that are committed, well trained, disciplined and well equipped.

Recalling that in response to UN Secretary-General’s appeal to nations to contribute troops in the Central African Republic, Pakistan responded positively, he said Pakistan contributed 1,015 troops to help being stability in the strife torn country.

Reiterating Pakistan’s commitment to serve the cause of peace if situations like that of Central African Republic arise in future, prime minister said Pakistan’s role in peace keeping is deeply rooted in its enduring faith in the purposes and principles of the UN Charter.