Ashraf defends Zardari’s immunity
Constitution hindrance in writing of Swiss letter
Staff ReporterLahore—In the first formal denial to comply with the apex court decision to open graft cases against President Asif Ali Zardari, Prime Minister Raja Pervez Ashraf said it is the Constitution that hinders writing of the Swiss letter.
“We will not let our first class president to capitulate to a third class magistrate, as the Constitution stands against it”, Prime Minister said while talking to columnists and editors at Governor House according to media reports
National kitty facing Rs6-8b loss per day: NAB Chief
Islamabad—The National Accountability Bureau chief (NAB) Fasih Bukhari on Saturday said that due to corruption, the national treasury is facing Rs6 billion to Rs8 billion loss per day.
The NAB chairman said that the bureau’s job was to recover the ‘stolen’ money, not prosecute. He however added that if anyone was found guilty, he would be prosecuted.
“Till now, NAB has recovered Rs235 billion for the treasury but this is not enough,” said Bukhari, adding that the government has given approval for recruiting 300 new investigators.
Mumtaz Bhutto advocates confederal system
Former federal minister, chief minister and governor Sindh Mumtaz Bhutto finally breaking his silence on Saturday about his Sindh National Front merger into the PML-N said that Nawaz Sharif’s persistent campaign for the ouster of present government and his seriousness about a confederal system had led him to the decision.
During an informal chat with freelance journalist Salahuddin Haider at his residence in Kara-chi, Mumtaz Bhutto spoke on a host of issues ranging from his introduction to politics and his philosophy of confederal system.
Army comes to rescue as Punjab sacks protesting doctors
Lahore—The deadlock between the Punjab government and the protesting Young Doctors’ Association (YDA) took a dramatic turn Saturday as the government reached a decision to sack all medical workers on strike.
However, the administration however, found a solution to the severe healthcare crisis being faced by the province.
Upon Chief Minister Shahbaz Sharif’s request, the Army has announced that it will give 150 of its doctors to the provincial government to cover up for those on strike.
The Army doctors will start their services from Sunday, and will be performing their duties in uniform at the public hospitals.