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Finance Minister Asad Umar resigns amid IMF-bailout talks

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Asad Umar resigns

Pakistan’s Finance Minister Asad Umar has decided to step down from Imran Khan’s cabinet. The PTI politician, who won twice consecutively from Islamabad’s NA-53 constituency, Tweeted about his decision ending the speculations that started earlier this week.

Asad Umar’s resignation has created a new debate on Pakistan Tehreek-e-Insaf’s plans to take a bailout package from International Monetary Fund (IMF), something Imran Khan himself was not in favor of prior to the elections.

Asad Umar’s decision has come amid economic crisis and months before PTI government’s first-ever federal budget expected in June this year.

The former Pakistani Finance Minister appeared in a press conference an hour after he Tweeted about his decision to leave the position.

“I told Imran Khan that I wouldn’t continue to be part of the cabinet,” said Asad Umar talking to reporters in Islamabad

“The next budget will be a difficult one,”

“No one should expect from the new finance minister that things could be better in three months’ time,” he added.

Pakistan 27/7 Staff keeps you updated with the breaking news and the latest stories from around Pakistan, Kashmir and Gilgit-Baltistan.

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PTI Government Gives Pakistan a New Year 2020 Gift by increasing fuel prices

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Petrol Prices in 2020

As a new decade starts, the Federal Government under Pakistan Tehreek-e-Insaf (PTI) has slapped an increase in fuel and electricity. According to a statement issued by the Ministry of Finance based on recommendations of Oil and Gas Regulatory Authority (OGRA), the prices will be effective from the start of New Year 2020.

The hike in rates of fuels has triggered an increase in the rates LPG and electricity. The National Electric Power Regulatory Authority (NEPRA) has allowed K-Electric to raise the price of electricity from Rs12.81 per unit to Rs17.69 per unit, which is a Rs. 4.8 increase in the price.

At the same time, prices of aircraft fuels has also been increased but the exact amount was not available at the moment.

Naturally, prices of daily use items, utilities and travel related expenses will go up at the start of year 2020.

Fuel TypePrice Per Litre / Kg / Unit (in PKR)Increase (in PKR)
High Speed Diesel127.262.25
Light Diesel84.512.08
Kerosene Oil99.453.10
Electricity (K-Electric)17.69 4.8

A petition has been filed in Lahore High Court (LHC) against the hike in prices of fuels and energy. According to the petition, the Cabinet was not taken on board for the approval of increase in the prices.

Experts have warned the sudden hike in prices will affect the low income households of Pakistan who are already hit hard by huge hikes in daily life items the past year.


Dawn, Express Tribune, GEO News.

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Pakistani Lecturer Junaid Hafeez sentenced to death in blasphemy case

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Multan High Court has convicted a university lecturer Junaid Hafeez of blasphemy and sentenced him to death.

Junaid Hafeez was a lecturer at the Bahauddin Zakariya University in Punjab province’s city of Multan. He was accused of insulting Prophet Muhammad and the Holy Quran. Junaid Hafeez was accused of having committed blasphemy verbally and on Facebook in 2013.

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Former Military Dictator General Pervez Musharraf sentenced to death

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In a first, Special court sentences former military dictator General Retired Pervez Musharraf to death in high treason case.

In an unprecedented judgement in the nation’s history, the special court sentenced former military dictator General (retd) Pervez Musharraf to death in the years-long high treason case against him.

Musharraf was charged with abrogating the Constitution twice, and a special court was constituted by then prime minister Nawaz Sharif to try Musharraf for high treason.

Two out of the three judges were in favour of capital punishment.

A three-member special court comprising Chief Justice of the Peshawar High Court (PHC) Waqar Seth, Justice Nazar Akbar of the Sindh High Court (SHC) and Justice Shahid Karim of the Lahore High Court (LHC) will issue a detailed judgment in the next two days.

Earlier in the hearing, on behalf of the Pakistan Tehreek-e-Insaf (PTI) government, the prosecution team, led by Advocate Ali Zia Bajwa, prayed upon the court to amend the indictment against the former military ruler.

Bajwa said the government wants to frame charges against former prime minister Shaukat Aziz, Abdul Hamid Dogar, and Zahid Hamid. “It is imperative for all accused to be tried simultaneously. The aiders and abettors should be tried as well.”

The bench remarked that the Supreme Court had already decided on the matter and gave the government two weeks to submit a new charge sheet.

Justice Karim also wondered whether the government was using delaying tactics in the treason case against Musharraf. He said the government should file a new complaint if it wanted to add additional names in the high treason trial.

When Justice Waqar told the prosecutor to present his arguments in the case, Bajwa requested for further time to file a formal request. “If you cannot present arguments then leave the rostrum,” said an irked Justice Waqar.

The bench again observed that the special court was only bound to follow the apex court’s judgments and not the judgements originating from high courts.

During the hearing, Musharraf’s counsel Raza Bashir also sought 15 to 20 days for his client to record a statement under Section 342 of the Criminal Procedure Code (CrPc). “Musharraf deserves a right to fair trial,” he said.

Justice Akbar noted that the former army chief had been provided six opportunities to record a statement but he failed to appear. Justice Waqar added that the special court had allowed Musharraf to appear before the bench at his convenience as well.

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