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IMRAN KHAN’S POPULARITY NOSEDIVES AT HOME

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Fifty-five per cent Pakistanis have declared the performance of the Imran Khan-led Pakistan Tehreek-e-Insaf (PTI) government as under par, 13% above par, while 32% found it according to their expectations, according to a survey, conducted by Ipsos.

The survey results made public on Saturday showed that 46% of dejected people said they had voted for the Pakistan Tehreek-e-Insaf (PTI) in the 2018 elections. People said the provincial governments and the opposition parties also fail to come up to their expectations during the last three years, according to News International. Further, every three Pakistanis out of five said they were disappointed by the provincial government’s performance. Also, 56% of people showed their dissatisfaction with the opposition parties’ performance during this period.

The survey was conducted from December 18 to 24, 2021, and 1,100 people were interviewed for the purpose. Those showing dissatisfaction with the government performance consisted of 56% of Pakistan Muslim League (Nawaz) voters, 47% of Pakistan People’s Party voters and 51% other parties’ voters, according to News International.

63% of Pakistanis showed displeasure at the provincial governments’ performance apart from the Federal government, 10% found performance above par while 27% declared it according to the expectations reflecting the performance of the Imran Khan government.

A large majority of criticising the provincial governments’ performance, 82%, belonged to Khyber-Pakhtunkhwa and Balochistan provinces. 75% in Sindh and 52% in Punjab were found dissatisfied with their provincial governments’ performance.

56% of people found the opposition performance under par, 15% above par and 29% said it was according to their expectations.

PROTESTS

Scores of local men and women in Khyber Pakhtunkhwa on Sunday blocked the road leading to the Torkham border and protested against prolonged power outages in the area.

Traffic on the main road leading to the Torkham border was suspended twice and women protesters blocked the main road near Shah Kas to vent their anger against the prolonged and unscheduled power suspension, which they said had badly affected their routine life, reported Dawn. The tribal women placed stones on the road while also staging a sit-in in order to convey their resentment about the frequent power outages and low voltage, which they said had also caused a shortage of drinking water.

Residents of Gharreeza locality, also in Jamrud, blocked the main road for the same reason and accused the local grid station staff of subjecting them to over 18 hours daily load shedding, reported Dawn.

Meanwhile, Pakistan opposition parties reject Fuel Price Adjustment (FPA) in electricity bills under the Imran Khan government and call for a refund of the amount.

Pakistan Opposition parties urge the imposition of exorbitant fuel price adjustment (FPA) in electricity bills and urged the federal government to refund the additional amount charged under this head to consumers in the next month’s bill, according to the Dawn.

FAR RIGHT ANGRY WITH IMRAN

Pakistan’s far-right Jamaat-e-Islami (JI) chief Sirajul Haq has called for the country’s Prime Minister Imran Khan’s resignation saying that there are mafias all over the country, and 2022 will be the last year of the ruling government.

Addressing a public rally in Islamabad, JI chief announced an anti-government movement and said that Pakistan’s central bank is no longer in its control, rather it has been subordinated to the International Monetary Fund (IMF), The Express Tribune reported. He called on called for State Bank of Pakistan (SBP) Governor Dr Reza Baqir’s resignation, saying if he is not removed, “we can besiege SBP”.

The JI chief pointed out the “failures” of the government, ranging from Pakistan’s retention on the Financial Action Task Force’s (FATF) ‘grey list’ to the introduction of a ‘mini-budget’.

He suggested a nexus between the government and the opposition, saying that the latter facilitated the former’s moves instead of talking about the public’s problems, the Pakistani publication reported.

He asked Imran Khan to tell the nation how many houses his government build out of the five million houses promised by the PTI).

He said that the incumbent government’s schemes are the same as its predecessors. He asked how can those who came to power through the support of the establishment undermine it now, The Express Tribune reported.

He said that the government has mortgaged the country’s economy. “Today, the situation is that 27 million youngsters are unemployed and there is no welfare, while retired judges and generals have been rewarded with government jobs,” he added.

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J&K: Terrorist attacks on army camp; 3 soldiers martyred, 2 terrorists killed

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Terrorist Killed

Militants attacked Rajouri military camp in Jammu and Kashmir on Thursday in which three soldiers were martyred and two terrorists were killed.

Meanwhile, ADGP Jammu, Mukesh Singh confirmed the terror attack on the army camp. He said that there is an army camp in the Pargal area of ​​the Darhal sector adjoining the LoC. As soon as they entered the area, the terrorists attacked late Wednesday night, in which two jawans were also injured.

According to ADGP Pargal is 25 km away from the Rajouri district. Taking advantage of the darkness of night, the terrorists started firing indiscriminately at the soldiers. Five jawans were seriously injured in the attack, they were taken to the hospital. Doctors declared three jawans brought dead and two injured jawans are admitted to the hospital.

Moreover, security forces said that the terrorists have launched an attack and there may be more terrorists in the area. Due to this, SOG and Army personnel have started a search operation around the military camp. Alert has been declared in all areas around the LoC. Security forces have also intensified patrolling.

However, on Wednesday there was an encounter between terrorists and security forces in Budgam. In the last 24 hours, this is the second encounter in the valley. Security forces had killed all three terrorists during an encounter in Budgam. TRF commander Latif Rather was also among the slain terrorists. The other two terrorists are said to be Pakistanis.

According to ADGP (Kashmir) Vijay Kumar, Latif and his two accomplices were entrusted with the responsibility of target killing in Kashmir by their masters. Latif Rather was the mastermind of the murder of Kashmiri Hindu Rahul Bhatt, besides TV actor Amrin Butt and female teacher Rajni Bala.

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CONGRESS, LEFT LEADERS CONVERGE FOR RJD MEET

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CPI ML, Congress, and Rashtriya Janata Dal leaders arrived at the residence of Rabri Devi, wife of party chief Lalu Prasad Yadav in Patna on Tuesday.

The meeting of the RJD convened by its leader Tejashwi Prasad Yadav, the son of Lalu Yadav also saw leaders of the Communist Party of India (CPI) and leaders of Congress who are part of Mahagathbandhan or the grand Opposition alliance in the state, according to Ajit Sharma, Congress Bihar legislature party leader.

The RJD leaders arriving for the meeting were asked to hand over their mobile phones ahead of the meeting

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NITISH’S DECISION A GOOD START: AKHILESH

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As Janata Dal (United) leader Nitish Kumar ended the alliance with BJP, Samajwadi Party (SP) chief Akhilesh Yadav on Tuesday termed the move as a “good start” towards taking a stand against BJP by political parties and people.

While talking to mediapersons in Kannauj, Uttar Pradesh, Yadav said, “It’s a good start. On this day, the slogan of ‘Angrezo Bharat Chhodo’ was given and today the slogan of ‘BJP Bhagaon’ is coming from Bihar. I think soon, political parties and people in different states will stand against BJP.”

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Chirag Paswan seeks President’s Rule in Bihar

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Lok Janshakti Party (Ram Vilas) leader Chirag Paswan on Tuesday demanded President’s rule in Bihar followed by fresh elections after Chief Minister Nitish Kumar resigned from his post and broke his alliance with Bhartiya Janata Party (BJP).

Hitting out at Kumar, Paswan said, “Today, the credibility of Kumar is zero”. He said that fresh assembly elections should be held to allow people to give a fresh mandate.

“We want President’s rule to be imposed in Bihar and the state should go for a fresh election. Do you (Kumar) have any ideology or not? In the next polls, Janata Dal (United) will get zero seats,” said Paswan.

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BJP MEETING GOES IN VAIN

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The meeting of the Bharatiya Janata Party over the rift in National Democratic Alliance concluded at the residence of Deputy Chief Minister Tarkishore Prasad in Patna on Tuesday.

But it was all in vain as Nitish Kumar resigned from the Chief Minister post and formed the new ‘Mahagathbandhan’ or Grand Alliance with Rashtriya Janata Dal (RJD).

After the meeting, party leaders Bhikhubhai Dalsaniya, Renu Devi, Mangal Pandey, Nitin Navin, Amrendra Pratap Singh, and Samrat Chaudhary left Prasad’s house. 

Rumours of a growing rift between the BJP-JDU), that is, the NDA alliance in Bihar intensified after Kumar skipped a key meeting of the NITI Aayog, headed by Prime Minister.

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A day-long political drama in Bihar

An intense war of words unleashed in the political arena following Nitish Kumar’s break up with BJP.

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ALL JD(U) MEMBERS WANTED SPLIT WITH BJP: NITISH KUMAR

Janata Dal (United) leader Nitish Kumar on Tuesday said that all party MPs and MLAs, who attended the party meeting on Tuesday, were of opinion that the party should leave the BJP-led NDA alliance. “All MPs and MLAs reached a consensus that we should leave the NDA. Soon after, I resigned as Bihar CM,” Kumar told media persons here.

“Meeting with the MPs, MLAs and MLCs were held today. Everyone’s wish was that we should leave NDA. So as everyone wished, we accepted the same and I submitted the resignation from the post of the Chief Minister in the NDA government,” he added.

According to sources, many Janata Dal (United) legislators told Chief Minister Nitish Kumar in Tuesday’s meeting that the alliance with the Bhartiya Janata Party had weakened them since 2020.

Without naming Chirag Paswan, the legislators are reported to have recalled the actions of the former Lok Janshakti Party (LJP) chief during the 2020 state assembly polls while warning the CM that if they were not alert, it would not be good for the party. Paswan had fielded rebel BJP candidates on all seats fought by the JD(U) in the 2020 polls, in what some have alleged was part of a plot by the BJP to wedge its way into the ruling coalition in the state.

BJP DESTROYS PARTIES WITH WHOM IT FORMS ALLIANCE: TEJASHWI 

Rashtriya Janata Dal (RJD) leader Tejashwi Yadav on Tuesday said that recent political history indicates that Bharatiya Janata Party (BJP) destroys parties with whom it forms alliances.

While addressing a joint presser with new ally Nitish Kumar, Yadav said, “Across the Hindi heartland, BJP does not have any alliance partner. History shows that the BJP destroys the parties with whom it forms alliances. We did see that happening in Punjab and Maharashtra.”

Yadav was accompanied by JD(U) leader and caretaker Chief Minister Kumar, who broke his alliance with the BJP and entered into a tie-up with RJD and some other parties.

“Today all parties and members of the Bihar Legislative Assembly except the BJP have accepted Nitish Kumar as their leader,” added Yadav. He said, “JP Nadda said they will end regional parties. BJP knows only to intimidate and buy people. All of us wanted the BJP’s agenda shouldn’t be implemented in Bihar, we all know Laluji stopped the ‘Rath’ of Advaniji, and we won’t relent at any cost.”

The JD(U) and RJD together constitute a majority in the 243-member state assembly. JD(U) has 45 and the RJD has 79 MLAs. They also have the support of smaller parties like Jitan Manjhi’s HAM. The BJP has 77 MLAs in the state assembly.

BIHAR BJP LEADERS SLAM NITISH, SAY IT’S BETRAYAL 

Right after Nitish Kumar chose to resign as Bihar Chief Minister, the Bihar BJP expressed dissatisfaction and said that JD(U) had betrayed Bihar and the people’s mandate.

Addressing a press conference on Tuesday, BJP leader Ravi Shankar Prasad lashed out at Kumar for breaking aliance between their parties and staking claim to form government with RJD support saying he had “disrespected the mandate given by the people of Bihar. Addressing a short presser in Patna, Prasad said, “Kumar has left and said that BJP was trying to destroy his party…BJP made him a union minister several times. He was also made a Chief Minister. Why did he re-think his decision on alliance with RJD in 2015 and come to BJP in 2017?.” “Kumar is disrespecting the mandate of Bihar’s people. It’s a baseless allegation that BJP was trying to destroy JD(U),” said the former union minister.

Bihar BJP chief Sanjay Jaiswal said, “In the 2020 Bihar assembly elections, all of us contested under the NDA alliance and the majority and mandate was given by the people to JDU and BJP. However, as on date, Nitish played with the public mandate. JD(U) betrayed Bihar.” 

“We were successful in winning 74 seats, but we fulfilled the promise made by the Prime Minister and Kumar became the Chief Minister of this NDA alliance. However, whatever happened today is a betrayal of the people of Bihar and the BJP,” he said.

Union Minister and BJP leader R.K. Singh raised questions over the political moves of Kumar asking how the JD(U) leader would justify an alliance with the Rashtriya Janata Dal (RJD) which he has often called “corrupt”.

“Fifteen years of RJD rule took the state backwards. Kumar also said this multiple times. How will he justify entering into an alliance with the RJD whom he said is corrupt? All of this is politics for power. There is no morality and he should be ashamed,” Singh, who hails from Bihar, told ANI. 

However, a BJP leader has contradictory views. Union Minister Kaushal Kishor said that the BJP wants Kumar to continue as chief minister of the state.

Rumours of a growing rift between the BJP-JDU in the NDA alliance in Bihar intensified after Kumar skipped a key meeting of the NITI Aayog, headed by Prime Minister Narendra Modi, on Sunday and JD(U) leader RCP Singh tendered his resignation from the party. Singh, once considered a close aide of Kumar had announced his exit from the party after being served a notice seeking an explanation on allegations of corruption. However, BJP leaders have dismissed any estrangement with the JD(U). “Certainly the government under the leadership of Kumar will run firmly with the BJP alliance. As far as I’m concerned and if there was such a thing, it would depend on the time and circumstances,” said Kishor.

“I do not want to wish to comment over the political situations in Bihar, but there is no such attempt from the BJP which would have raised any dispute or confusion. JDU will take its call as per its ongoing meeting, but it is to underscore that the BJP definitely wants Kumar to continue as the CM of the state,” he said. Kishor said that the coalition government, comprising BJP, JDU, and all others, in the state will work more strongly for the welfare of Bihar and the countrypersons.

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