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Senate approves military courts’ revival
ISLAMABAD: The Senate on Tuesday passed the 28th constitutional amendment with the required two-thirds majority, paving way for the revival of military courts for yet another two years, days after the legislation was passed by the National Assembly. The Senate met after a gap of six days, and after the approval the legal process on the amendment has consummated. All the parties, except for the
 
 
Sharif, Zardari bid to woo voters from each other’s den
ISLAMABAD: Prime Minister Nawaz Sharif and Pakistan People’s Party (PPP) chief former president Asif Ali Zardari have independently started focusing on their electorally weakest areas — Sindh and Punjab — respectively, gazing at the forthcoming grand electoral fight in 2018. The outcomes of successive parliamentary polls are witness that the position of the Pakistan Muslim League-Nawaz (PML-N) in Sindh has traditionally been
   
Pak not friends with Haqqani: Envoy to US
ISLAMABAD: Pakistan’s Ambassador to Washington Aizaz Ahmed Chaudhry says the Haqqani network is not Islamabad’s friend. “We are against such elements or activities of those playing with human lives,” he said while talking to a TV channel. Chaudhry reiterated that Pakistan wanted peaceful relations with India and these should be based on mutual respect.”This is our message for India to promote relations with peaceful environment”
 
 
Haqqani lost power to issue Pak visas to US citizens in 2014
ISLAMABAD: Special powers granted by the previous Pakistan People’s Party (PPP) government to Pakistan’s ambassador to the United States Husain Haqqani to skirt security protocols while issuing visas to American nationals were withdrawn in 2014, the interior ministry says. In a statement, it said that on the instructions of Interior Minister Chaudhry Nisar Ali Khan in 2014, it revoked the letter sent by former prime minister
   
Sindh CM slams PM’s natural gas expansion scheme
ISLAMABAD: Prime Minister Nawaz Sharif’s decision to approve 97 natural gas expansion schemes, a majority of which are meant for the ruling party’s political base - Punjab, is a source of discontent and may affect national harmony, Sindh Chief Minister Murad Ali Shah says. In a letter he wrote to the premier, he expressed his concerns about the approval of new gas schemes for what he said politically selected areas, worth more
 
 
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