Fawad Chaudhry urged opposition parties to consider the government’s proposal for electoral reform.
ISLAMABAD (Dunya News) – Federal Minister for Information and Broadcasting Chaudhry Fawad Hussain urged opposition parties to consider the government’s proposal for electoral reform.
In a tweet on Friday, he said the by-election in Karachi yesterday had further necessitated the need for reform in the electoral system. He said the Pakistan People’s Party (PPP) was taking the entire system hostage by one seat.
Fawad Chaudhry said the turnout shows that people are losing confidence in the election process.
It is important here to mention that the PPP won the by-election in the National Assembly’s NA-249 Karachi West-II constituency, which was held on Thursday.
According to the unofficial results of all 276 polling stations, PPP’s Qadir Khan Mandokhel gained 16,156 votes to win the NA-249 Karachi West-II by-election. PML-N candidate Miftah Ismail got 15,473 votes to stay in second place.
Leader of the Muttahida Qaumi-Pakistan Movement (MQM-P) Syeda Tehseen Abidi on Saturday announced her decision to join the Pakistan People’s Party (PPP).
The female leader of MQM, who used to be a member of the city council and in charge of MQM’s social media section, announced her decision at a joint press conference with Minister of Education and Manpower Sindh Saeed Ghani.
Syed Muhammad Naqi, president of Markazi Tanzeem-e-Azadari, also joined the Pakistan People’s Party on the occasion.
Speaking at a press conference, Tehseen said he had long been in contact with MQM and that his two brothers and three of his relatives had also sacrificed their lives for the party. He regrets that MQM has recently failed to maintain its existence as a viable political organization because its status has been lowered to the level of political grouping.
He said PPP was the only political party that really cared about his home country, province and city, and because of that, he was very happy with his decision to join PPP.
Naqi said he had decided to join the PPP because of his determination to serve in Karachi and Sindh. He added that his party believed that only PPP had the ability to serve the country. According to him, there was no longer the politics of hatred when Karachi and other Sindh people were made to fight with each other on the basis of ethnic and religious differences.
Ghani said people from other political parties joined the PPP because they were committed to serving in Karachi city and Sindh province.
He added that the leaders and activists of other political parties have joined the PPP on a daily basis without any conditions for getting a certain party position.
He assured newcomers to the PPP that the party would give them the respect and honor they deserve.
A few days ago, Waqar Hussain Shah, a former member of the Sindh Assembly who is part of the Muttahida Qaumi Movement (MQM), also announced his decision to join the PPP along with a large number of his political colleagues from the Korangi area.
The former lawmaker said he and hundreds of his party colleagues had to end their years of relationship with MQM only for the welfare of the city’s people.
The CEO of BetterUp explains Prince Harry’s role at tech startups. Video / CNN
Prince Harry’s move to America with Meghan Markle was “the best decision he’s ever made” and he feels “liberated,” according to an insider.
Friends say the 36-year-old prince has “no regrets” about his new life in California with Meghan, 39, and Archie.
“Harry’s not sorry,” the insider told Us Weekly.
“He feels liberated and excited to start this new chapter.”
According to the source, Prince Harry believes moving to the United States “was the best decision he has ever made”.
Although he is eager to start a new life, Harry hopes his relationship with the royal family will heal one day, according to the insider.
“Harry feels the situation with his family is regrettable,” the source claimed.
“But he said [they have] no regrets about moving on… and it all just started for them. “
Meghan and Harry stepped down from royal duties and stopped using their HRH styles on March 31 last year.
The couple is living a new life in California
The Sussex family, who were expecting a baby girl in the summer following a miscarriage last year, have been living their new life in California, away from the monarchy.
They have secured multimillion dollar deals with Netflix and Spotify and founded their charity Archewell.
The couple bought a $ 14.5 million Montecito estate and said they “wanted a proper rest period” when their baby was born, according to reports.
The baby girl will be the first royal family born in the United States and sources said the Vanity Fair couple wanted to “take time off” and spend “great time together as a family”.
It comes after Harry recently revealed his new role as an executive at a Silicon Valley start-up.
The Duke of Sussex will be the chief impact officer at BetterUp – a $ 1.82 billion mental health services business.
Harry will help promote applications used by giant companies including Facebook to improve staff welfare.
Users browse profiles of life therapists and coaches – such as the Tinder dating app – and select partners.
Alexi Robichaux, CEO of a Silicon Valley startup, also revealed that Duke decided to give up his royal title at work, but kept his salary and working hours a secret.
A similar role at a California company can yield a six- or seven-figure salary.
Robichaux told the BBC: “He has been in the role for several months, and we are very excited to share the news with the world.
“We’re partners here, he likes to be called Harry at work, so we just call him Harry.”
He added his team was “honored” to have Duke work with them in the role he took a few months ago.
It happened soon after he was inaugurated as the information disruption commissioner at the Aspen Institute, a US think tank.
Harry’s new job raises questions
Harry now has two jobs and a TV and radio project in the US, prompting questions as to how he got a visa.
But her job with the Invictus Games for the injured squad has the potential to qualify her – and Oprah’s incredible interview recently earned her millions for the TV industry.
Royal experts also claim court officials will be closely watching Harry’s new work.
Russell Myers told The Royal Beat of True Royalty TV: “There is an argument that if he is ‘Prince Harry, Duke of Sussex’ in all material published for [the firm], was it swapping out the royal branding they said they wouldn’t do to uphold the Queen’s values?
“So at the moment it’s still up for debate. The people in the palace will be watching this very, very closely.”
Making a ‘bomb’ on the royal family
Royal writer Penny Junor claims Harry and Meghan had “hurled huge bombs” at the royal family during Megxit’s first year.
He said the bomb charges during their Oprah interview hit the “heart of the institution” a year after they left royal life.
Junor, author of Prince Harry: Brother, Soldier, Son, Husband, said: “When Harry and Meghan left a year ago, people were shocked and disappointed because they were such a great couple.
“Harry is a very popular aristocrat and Meghan is a great asset to the family.
“A year later, I think a lot of people were really angry and thought that they had betrayed their family and threw a big bomb at the heart of the institution and also attacked Britain.”
Sussex’s explosive interview with Oprah Winfrey plunged the royal family into one of its worst crises in generations earlier this month.
Meghan said an unnamed royal – not the Queen or the Duke of Edinburgh – raised concerns with Harry about how dark their son Archie’s skin was before he was born.
The Duchess also recounted how she “didn’t want to live anymore” and had suicidal thoughts during her time as royalty – but was not supported by the institution when she appealed for help.
Harry said he felt “let down” by his father, the Prince of Wales, was cut off financially by his family in the months before Megxit, and shared his shock at the loss of taxpayer-funded security.
Harry also claims William and their father were “trapped” by their royal responsibilities.
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MILAN (Reuters) – The Made in Italy Fund buys upscale Italian casual brand Dondup from L Catterton, the buying company founded by LVMH owner and French billionaire Bernard Arnault, Italian private equity said on Thursday.
Dondup, which posted sales of 53 million euros ($ 62.56 million) and a core profit of 14 million euros last year, is the seventh investment by the Italian fund and its fourth in the fashion industry.
The acquisition value was not disclosed. L Catterton has invested in Dondup in 2010.
The fund said it aims to create a fashion conglomerate with Dondup and the two other fashion brands it owns – 120% Lino, known for its linen clothing, and jewelry and accessories maker Rosantica – and expand their foothold in Europe and the United States.
($ 1 = 0.8472 euros)
Reporting by Claudia Cristoferi, editing by Giulia Segreti