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- 3 Chinese nationals among 4 dead in suicide attack at Karachi University. At least four people, including three Chinese nationals, were killed while four others were injured in a suicide attack outside the University of Karachi’s (KU) Confucius Institute, officials said on Tuesday.
- General elections not possible before May 2023, ECP indicates. The Election Commission of Pakistan (ECP) on Tuesday indicated that holding general elections may not be possible before May 2023 as it outlined the timeline of processes — including the census and delimitation — that it said must be conducted before the country can go to polls.
- PTI stages nationwide protests against ECP head ISLAMABAD: Pakistan Tehreek-i-Insaf (PTI) held nationwide demonstrations outside the offices of the Election Commission of Pakistan (ECP), condemning the “partisan” conduct of Chief Election Commissioner (CEC) Sikandar Sultan Raja and demanding his resignation.
- Will march to Islamabad and give US message that we are a free country: Imran PTI Chairman and former prime minister Imran Khan on Tuesday said that he would bring the nation out on the streets and march to Islamabad to give America the message that Pakistan was a “free country”.
- LHC reserves verdict on Hamza Shehbaz’s plea over the oath-taking issue. The Lahore High Court (LHC) on Tuesday reserved a verdict on a petition filed by newly elected Chief Minister Punjab Hamza Shehbaz for the implementation of orders about his oath-taking.
- Power portfolio goes to Khurram Dastagir Khan as govt notifies five more ministers. The federal government on Tuesday notified portfolios of five new ministers — four federal and one state — a week after the 37-member cabinet of Prime Minister Shehbaz Sharif took their oath.
- FIA clears former boss of wrongdoing LAHORE: A district and sessions court in Lahore on Tuesday cleared former Federal Investigation Agency (FIA) director general Bashir Memon, who was facing multiple charges including a $101.2 million banking fraud, of criminal wrongdoing.
- Lahore court says ‘missing’ Karachi girl Dua Zehra free to go wherever she wants Hours after Dua Zehra — the teenage girl who went missing from Karachi’s Shah Faisal Colony last week — was recovered from Okara on Tuesday, a Lahore court turned down police’s request to send her to Darul Aman and allowed her to go “wherever she wants”.
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1. Hamza Shehbaz asks LHC to intervene in the delayed oath-taking ceremony
What’s going on? On Monday, Punjab’s new Chief Minister (CM) Hamza Shehbaz, asked the Lahore High Court (LHC) to tell Senate chairperson, Sadiq Sanjrani, to administer his oath. Shehbaz made this request due to what he called the “unconstitutional, illegal, and unfounded inaction” of President Arif Alvi, and Punjab Governor, Omar Sarfraz Cheema.
The details: A provincial assembly session elected Shehbaz as Punjab’s CM on April 16. However, he is still waiting on taking his oath. This is reportedly the second time he asked the LHC to intervene. According to Dawn, the Punjab governor is questioning the validity of Shehbaz’s election and “refraining” from administering the oath. Alvi has not nominated anyone else to administer the oath either, which the LHC already directed him to do. Shehbaz referred to Alvi’s and Cheema’s “inaction” as “unconstitutional.” He added that their “non-compliance” with the court order and Constitution “rendered them unable to discharge their constitutional obligation.”
2. Pakistan asks IMF to increase and extend loan package:
Pakistan asked the International Monetary Fund (IMF) to extend its loan program and increase its $6 billion loan package by $2 billion. At a news conference in Washington DC, Finance Minister, Miftah Ismail, said the IMF has “largely agreed” to extend the current program for another year. However, the IMF will send a staff-level delegation to Islamabad next month to further discuss the details. In return, Pakistan plans to reduce former Prime Minister (PM) Imran Khan’s fuel subsidies (i.e. the previous government was covering some of the cost for fuel). Pakistan will also end the previous government’s business tax amnesty scheme (i.e. a tax relief initiative for non-filers).
3. Police “trace” Dua’s location:
On Monday, April 25, Sindh’s Chief Minister (CM), Murad Ali Shah, said the police have managed to “trace” the location of Dua Zehra. Her family told the police that she was kidnapped on April 16. Some media outlets claimed that Dua had been found in Lahore. The Lahore police denied these reports, and said a search is still underway. On Thursday, the police in Karachi carried out a raid in Sanghar while looking for Dua, and reportedly found another minor girl who was forcibly being kept there. According to The Express Tribune, Lahore’s DIG of operations, Abid Khan, said the police are using a Lahore-based address in a marriage certificate to search for Dua.