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Trump: Shutdown could be resolved ‘in 15 minutes’

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WASHINGTON: The partial US government shutdown entered a record 22nd day Saturday, as President Donald Trump remains steadfast in his demand for $5.7 billion to build a Mexico border wall and Democrats in Congress determined to refuse the funds.
The president issued a series of tweets Saturday in an effort to defend his stance and goad Democrats to return to Washington and end what he called “the massive humanitarian crisis at our Southern Border.”
“Democrats could solve the Shutdown in 15 minutes!” he said in one tweet, adding in another, “We will be out for a long time unless the Democrats come back from their ‘vacations’ and get back to work. I am in the White House ready to sign!”
But most lawmakers left town on Friday and will not return before Monday, leaving little chance for any solution to the stalemate before then.
The impasse has paralyzed Washington – its impact felt increasingly around the country – with the president retaliating by refusing to sign off on budgets for swaths of government departments unrelated to the dispute.
As a result, 800,000 federal employees – workers as diverse as FBI agents, air traffic controllers, and museum staff – did not receive paychecks Friday.
The shutdown became the longest on record at midnight Friday (0500 GMT Saturday), when it overtook a 21-day stretch in 1995-1996 under president Bill Clinton.
On Friday, however, Trump backed off a series of previous threats to end the deadlock by declaring a national emergency and attempting to secure the funds without congressional approval.
“I’m not going to do it so fast,” he said at a White House meeting.
Trump described an emergency declaration as the “easy way out” and said Congress had to step up to the responsibility of approving the $5.7 billion he says is needed.
“If they can’t do it… I will declare a national emergency. I have the absolute right,” he said.
Until Friday, Trump had suggested numerous times that he was getting closer to taking the controversial decision. One powerful Republican ally, Senator Lindsey Graham, tweeted after talks with Trump: “Mr. President, Declare a national emergency NOW.”
But the president himself acknowledged in the White House meeting that an attempt to claim emergency powers would likely end up in legal battles going all the way to the Supreme Court – as other Republicans and some of his advisers have reportedly cautioned him.
Opponents say that a unilateral presidential move would be constitutional overreach and set a dangerous precedent in similar controversies.

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Fawad terms opposition parties responsible for country’s worst economic condition

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ISLAMABAD: Federal Minister for Science and Technology Fawad Chaudhry Thursday termed responsible former regimes of Pakistan Muslim League-Nawaz (PML-N) and Pakistan Peoples Party (PPP) for the loot and plunder and worst economic condition of the country.

In an interview, the minister said the previous governments of PML-N and PPP have to be answerable about collectively record of loan details in ten years as no one knows where the money was spent in the past, but no visible progress and changes were seen in the country.

Adding he said that huge payable amount had created immense trouble for the present government to run the state affairs smoothly.

He recalled that, “Approximately Rs11 trillion were spent by leader of the opposition Shahbaz Sharif alone,”.

Chaudhry lamented that due to the criminal economic policies of the previous governments, every department in the country was in disarray.

“In Naya Pakistan, all corrupt political leaders and personalities will be held accountable for their actions,” he added.

He said the PTI government has no political challenge and its fight against the corrupt system would continue.

Imran Khan’s government has chosen to be accountable to the people as it respects the mandate it was given, he added.

He said that whenever the opposition was asked for accountability it started giving threats of protests to deviate the attention of the government as well as the people.

“But the accountability movement launched by PTI will not stop at the behest of such threats and would continue to rid the country of corrupt elements which has looted and plundered the wealth of our nation,” he added.

The minister said the PTI government would take every step to ensure economic stability in the country and bring about progress and prosperity across the country.

Fawad said that opposition parties were only fighting a political war to recover their looted money, adding, the government was making the all-out efforts to steer the country out of crisis left by the past governments.

To a question about production order, he said it is the right of speaker so he will take any decision in this regard.

He further criticized opposition leader Shahbaz Sharif’s speech that he continued speaking in the Lower House for over three hours continuously, adding , the speech should be in limited to raising public issues instead of personal issues.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

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Saad Rafique gets two-day transit remand for attending NA session

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LAHORE: An accountability court has approved a two-day transit remand of Khawaja Saad Rafique, allowing him to attend the ongoing session of the National Assembly.

Production orders of the Pakistan Muslim League-Nawaz (PML-N) were issued by NA Speaker Asad Qaiser, which were addressed to the District Camp Jail here.

Earlier on Tuesday, the Lahore High Court (LHC) announced its reserved verdict and rejected a bail application filed by Rafique and his brother Salman Rafique in the Paragon Housing Society case.

A two-member bench, comprising of Justice Ali Baqir Najfi, had presided over the hearing.

 

 

 

 

 

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PPP ready to ‘help’ government to guide country out of crises

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ISLAMABAD: Former president Asif Ali Zardari has said that the Pakistan Peoples’ Party (PPP) was ready to help government to steer the country out of the economic crisis.

Addressing on the floor of the National Assembly today, the PPP Co-Chairman said that there were several issues that should be resolved and the PPP was ready to help the incumbent government.

“Cooperation between the government and opposition parties will ultimately benefit the country in improving its economic condition,” he said, adding that no one can solely serve the country.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

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