Nawaz Bags Over 20 Notables From Balochistan

'Electables joining PMLN after Nawaz Sharif's Quetta visit quite clearly indicated who will form the government in Balochistan after the elections'

Nawaz Sharif in Quetta

Over twenty notables from Balochistan have announced their joining of Pakistan Muslim League – Nawaz (PMLN) on Tuesday. This has quite clearly indicated who will form the government in Balochistan after the elections, reported journalist Asim Ahmed Khan on Naya Daur TV’s flagship show ‘Khabar Say Aagay (Beyond the Headlines)’.

The journalist from Quetta added that Jamiat Ulema-e-Islam (JUI) and Pakistan People’s Party (PPP) had also tried to woo these leaders to their parties previously but it seems that after PMLN supremo Nawaz Sharif’s ‘successful’ visit to Quetta, those parties’ campaigns have officially ended today as far as this group of ‘electables’ is concerned. Most of them now seem inclined to join PMLN, he said.

On the other hand, Supreme Court in its written order for the hearing of Top City housing society owner’s plea on November 9, recommended that the complaints against former Inter-Services Intelligence (ISI) chief Lt Gen (r) Faiz Hameed should be probed into.

Commenting on the development, senior journalist Hassan Ayub Khan said that the apex court had for now recommended the matter to the relevant ministry. It says that the defence ministry may initiate action on the businessman’s complaint.

Ayub added that it was very clear who had been orchestrating Nawaz Sharif’s ouster. The defence ministry should now show some spine and take action against its former ISI Director General in the light of Supreme Court’s decision.

Saqib Bashir, reporting on Imran Khan’s cipher and Al-Qadir trust cases, told that Pakistan Tehreek-e-Insaf (PTI) had been pleading for an open hearing of the cipher case and it appeared that the Islamabad High Court was also inclined towards granting the request. He added that the proceedings have for now been stayed.

“It is very difficult to report on a case that is being heard in secret. For example, PTI lawyers and NAB prosecutors made contradictory claims about the court’s order in 190 million pounds (al-Qadir Trust) case today. As reporters, it’s difficult for us to sift facts from fiction”, Bashir said.

Raza Rumi, host of the show, agreed with Saqib Bashir’s observation, saying that fairness demanded that all trials should be heard in an open court.

Beyond the Headlines is hosted by Raza Rumi Monday-Saturday 9 PM on Naya Daur TV.