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The MQM has announced to withdraw their resignations and rejoin the national and provincial assemblies and the senate from next week onwards.

The decision was announced during joint press conference addressed by federal finance Minister Senator Ishaq Dar and Senior MQM leader Farooq Sattar. MQMs decision to take back their resignations follows successful dialogue process with the government. Farooq Sattar thanked the government for showing political maturity and resolving all issues in and amicable manner. He said, the government had taken the party's resignations seriously from day one. Finance minister Ishaq Dar said, government and MQM have reached an agreement and grievances of MQM will be addressed under the agreement. He said, MQM is a political force and government believes in national interest, reconciliation. He said, government held talks with pti despite derogatory language in sit-ins. The minister said, political stability is essential for economic growth.


Chief of Army Staff General Raheel Sharif has held a meeting with Prime Minister Nawaz Sharif in Islamabad.

Internal security situation was reviewed in the meeting. Security situation in Afghanistan and its impacts on Pakistan also came under discussion.


Election Commission issues polling scheme for by polls in NA-122, NA 144 and PP-147 in Punjab.

Political parties are directed to culminate election campaign for by polls this midnight. Voting for by polls in NA-122, NA-144 and PP-147 will be held on October 11. Polling will continue from 8 am to 5 pm without any break. Strict action will be taken on violation of code of conduct.


Foreign office summons acting deputy high commissioner to convey concern over cancellation of Samjhauta express that caused inconvenience to more than 200 passengers from Pakistan and India.

The Acting Deputy High Commissioner of India, Mr. Raghuram was summoned to the foreign office by Dr. Mohammad Faisal, the Director General (south Asia) to express concern over the cancellation of operation of Samjhauta express on October 8, 2015. The cancellation caused inconvenience to more than 200 passengers from Pakistan and India. The government of Pakistan has taken all necessary steps to accommodate the stranded Indian passengers, who were not permitted to cross the border yesterday. The statement said Pakistan expect the Indian side to make utmost efforts to avoid recurrence of such incidents in future and facilitate the travelers from Pakistan and India.


Campaign for by-polls in NA-122, PP-147 Lahore, NA-144 Okara in full-swing.

Polling in these constituencies will be held on Sunday. However, the NA-122 Lahore the toughest battleground for PML-N and PTI where both the parties have put too much of their political capital at stake. Former speaker national assembly Ayaz Sadiq and PTI's Aleem khan are the main contenders.


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