No stepping down: PM reveals constitutional glitch

Prime Minister Yousaf Raza Gilani on Thursday opened a new debate for legal and constitutional experts by saying that he enjoyed “absolute immunity” under Article 248(1) for performing his official duties, and could not be disqualified because he had “not been charged under a criminal offence”.

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Gilani asserts allegations against his son have no stronghold

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ISLAMABAD: Under a heavy Islamabad sky, Prime Minister Yousuf Raza Gilani and the legal team representing his accused son in the ephedrine drug scandal put on a brave face and defended their position on Monday: That the accusations against Ali Musa Gilani did not hold.

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Daddy calls belligerent Son back

Prime Minister Yousaf Raza Gilani told his son Ali Musa Gilani on Wednesday to return home “immediately” and take part in the ephedrine case investigation, Express News reported.

The premier’s son received his first clean chit from a parliamentary committee in the drug quota scandal earlier on Wednesday.

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Indian Parliament speaker arrives in Pakistan

The speaker of India’s Lok Sabha, Meira Kumar, has arrived on a five-day state visit to Pakistan along with a parliamentary delegation comprising members of Rajya Sabha and Lok Sabha (the upper house and lower house of parliament).

The speaker will also meet President Asif Ali Zardari, Prime Minister Yousaf Raza Gilani and the Senate . . . → Read More: Indian Parliament speaker arrives in Pakistan

Women right’s bill passed at the Senate

It has been a long time in the making.

The National Commission on the Status of Women Bill, 2012, was finally passed in Senate without a single note of dissent. The bill was tabled by Adviser to the Prime Minister on Human Rights Mustafa Nawaz Khokhar.

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Sharif States that the Benaizr Issue was never Properly Investigated

In a meeting with journalists in Peshawar on Tuesday, Pakistan Muslim League chief Nawaz Sharif continued a steady diatribe against the government’s failures – but also touched on the issue of his own party’s estranged members.

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STORM IN A TEA CUP?

The elected President of Pakistan had a cardiac episode and decided to go to Dubai for treatment. Perhaps he knew a doctor there or maybe he felt more secure or maybe he thought that if required he could go to London from there. His last cardiac check up was in London in September. Whatever the . . . → Read More: STORM IN A TEA CUP?

Pakistan, Karachi: PM Vs CJ

ISLAMABAD: Prime Minister Yousaf Raza Gilani cautioned the apex court on Monday to remain within its constitutional bounds lest it provokes a clash between the three tiers of government.

“The powers of all institutions are described clearly in the constitution,” said the prime minister, while addressing the Supreme Court Bar Association at the auditorium . . . → Read More: Pakistan, Karachi: PM Vs CJ

Gilani approves scholarship scheme for Balochistan students

Prime Minister Yousaf Raza Gilani has approved a scholarship scheme for the students of Balochistan.

According to the scheme, 150 students from Balochistan will be given scholarships every year up to 2015.

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An Inside Look at the U.S.-Pakistan Feud Over Drones

For the past six weeks, Pakistan has echoed with ferocious opposition to the CIA’s covert drones program that targets al-Qaeda and Taliban militants hiding in the tribal areas along the Afghan border. Ever since Pakistan’s army chief General Ashfaq Parvez Kayani issued a rare and fiercely worded condemnation of a March 17 drone strike, his . . . → Read More: An Inside Look at the U.S.-Pakistan Feud Over Drones