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NA passes Bill to rein in NAB

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The National Assembly passed a bill with wide-ranging amendments to the accountability law in a bid to stem use of the controversial National Accountability Bureau as a tool of political victimisation by successive governments.

22 years behind bars – A Pakistani jailed in India awaits...

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By Xari Jalil: Muhammad Waris who has been in an Indian prison for 19 years but and even after being ‘technically released’ continues to languish for three years in a UP police station waiting to be repatriated.

Don’t scrap NAB but make it ‘practically independent’: senior lawyers

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National Accountability Bureau needs to be reformed into a ‘practically independent’ institution immune from political interference instead of scrapping it altogether, according to senior lawyers amid reports the anti-graft watchdog’s chief would cease to hold office next month

‘No rationality in PTI’s criticism of Nasreen Jalil’

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Activists have called out Pakistan Tehrik Insaf (PTI) for criticising Nasreen Jalil over the federal government’s decision to appoint the Muttahida Qaumi Movement-Pakistan stalwart as the second female governor of Sindh province.

Ali Wazir inches towards release from prison

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The Sindh High Court has granted bail to Ali Wazir, member of the National Assembly and leader of the Pashtun Tahaffuz Movement (PTM), in the second of three cases in which he was arrested for allegedly making anti-state speeches.

Cases under Blasphemy laws against PTI leadership widely condemned

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By Xari Jalil: Was the Masjid-e-Nabwi incident an orchestrated event? This is what several people had asked at the time. Now it is being questioned whether the cases registered against the PTI leaders are the result of hurt religious sentiments or an organized campaign against the former ruling party. Govt announced that former PM may also be arrested with regard to this case.

Minister foretells changes in accountability, cybercrime law

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Federal Law Minister Azam Nazeer Tarar has said the Pakistan Muslim League-Nawaz coalition government will bring out amendments in laws relating to cybercrime, accountability and Pakistan penal code as part of its drive for people-friendly legislation.

Hamza elected CM amid a day of chaos and violence in...

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April 16, 2022 By Rehan Piracha & Ahmed Saeed LAHORE Pakistan Muslim League-Nawaz leader Hamza Shehbaz was elected chief minister with 197 votes after the Pakistan Tehreek-e-Insaaf...

PTI’s dissident MPAs deny claims of their kidnapping

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“I can assure you that I am perfectly fine. I don't know what the PTI is trying to achieve through petitions like these,” explains Uzma Kardar, a dissident PTI MNA who according to a petition filed by her party was 'kidnapped' by Hamza Shehbaz

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22 years behind bars – A Pakistani jailed in India awaits repatriation

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