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Minister for Interior Ch. Nisar Ali Khan2017/04/29
KARACHI: Minister for Interior Ch. Nisar Ali Khan unveiling the plaque for NADRA Mega Centre at North Nazimabad.-APP

ECC nod to exempt JICA from all levies, taxes2017/04/29
ISLAMABAD: The Economic Coordination Committee (ECC) considered and approved proposals submitted by different ministries, in its meeting held on Friday, chaired by Finance Minister, Senator Mohammad Ishaq Dar.
The ECC approved the proposal of Economic Affairs Division (EAD) for grant  of exemption to Japan International Cooperation Agency (JICA) from all levies and taxes for the loan extended by the Government of Japan / JICA on concessionary terms, amounting to JPY 2.665 billion (equivalent to US$ 26 million approximately), for the Islamabad-Burhan Transmission Line Reinforcement Project. 
The main objective of the project is to improve the reliability of the national grid and to meet the growing demand for electricity transmission through reinforcement of transmission lines necessary for power supply to Islamabad Capital Territory and surrounding areas, thereby contributing to the improvement of economic infrastructure of Pakistan.
ECC also considered and approved the draft standard Power Purchase Agreement (PPA), proposed by the Ministry of Water & Power, which will be used as standard template for future PPAs. 
The draft PPA is a tripartite agreement between Central Power Purchasing Agency, Guarantee Ltd (CPPA) on behalf of ex-WAPDA Distribution Companies, National Transmission and Despatch Company Limited (NTDCL) and the Power Producers.
ECC approved the proposal of Ministry of Water & Power for GoP guarantee for repayment of loan amount of US$ 140 million, i.e. 40% of US $350 million loan amount for the Dasu Hydropower Project. The World Bank will provide guarantee for the remaining US$ 210 million loan amount.
ECC also considered and approved the request of the Ministry of Industries & Production to reduce the price of imported Urea fertilizer lying with National Fertilizer Marketing Limited (NFML) to Rs. 1,000/- per 50 kg bag in the interest of the public for disposal during Kharif 2017. - NNI

Iran summons Pak envoy over attack on guards2017/04/29
TEHRAN: Iran summoned Pakistan ambassador to Tehran over terrorist attack on Iranian border guards which claimed the lives of nine soldiers and injured two others.
Iran's protest on the terrorist attack was conveyed to Ambassador Asif Ali Khan Durrani, Foreign Ministry spokesman Bahram Qasemi said on Friday.
'We strongly expect Pakistan government to adopt serious measures for arrest and punishment of terrorists,' the ambassador was told.
"Unfortunately, Pakistani side of Iran's borders are the most insecure ones and we expect Islamabad to honor its previous promises and prevent repetition of such attacks," Durrani was also told.
Meanwhile, the ambassador expressed sorrow over the terrorist incident and insured that he would convey Iran's message to the Pakistani government.
Meanwhile, Iran's Defense Minister asserted that the country reserved the right to respond firmly to the brutal terrorist act against Iranian border guards in its borders with Pakistan.
The minister urged the Pakistani authorities on Friday to take immediate steps to arrest and punish those behind the criminal act, the IRNA reported.
Armed bandits affiliated to the so-called Jaish ul-Adl (Army of Justice) terrorist group attacked the Iranian border guards from the Pakistan's soil on April 26, killing 11 Iranian border guards, including 3 officers and 8 privates in an ambush in Mirjaveh region some 75 km to the eastern Zahedan, capital city of the Sistan-Baluchestan province, neighboring Pakistan.
Brigadier General Hossein Dehghan, in a message on the martyrdom of the border guards, extended his condolence to the Supreme Leader of the Islamic Revolution Ayatollah Ali Khamenei, commanders and the staff of security forces as well as the Iranian nation and the bereaved families of the martyrs.
Reminding that Iranian government has pursued the matter through Pakistan's government, the minister added that Tehran reserved the right to respond to the brutal terrorist acts.
He urged the Pakistani authorities to arrest and punish criminals involved in the terrorist attack as soon as possible. 
On Wednesday evening, nine Iranian border guards were martyred during an ambush attack by terrorists.
They were reportedly killed while patrolling in the city of Mirjaveh in Iran's southeastern province of sistan-Baluchestan.
Mirjaveh is located 75 km east of the provincial capital city of Zahedan. - NNI

JI observes protest day against KE2017/04/29
 KARACHI: In connection with its campaign against the K-Electric, Jamaat-e-Islami (JI) Karachi observed Friday as a protest day, featuring demonstrations across the city after Friday prayers. 
JI has been running a drive against the power company as the KE is said to be extorting Karachiites since its inception while the back to back ruling regimes were sheltering the misdeeds of the company ...

Ashraf Ghani gives 50pc of territory to Taliban2017/04/29
KABUL: Afghan President Mohammad Ashraf Ghani has handed over the control of 50 percent of Afghanistan's territory to Taliban, the former presidential envoy Ahmad Zia Massoud claims.
Massoud was dismissed by President Mohammad Ashraf Ghani eleven days ago as the presidential palace said the step was taken as the post of the presidential envoy for reforms and good governance had proved as inefficient.Speaking during a gathering in Kabul, Massoud said the country is facing the worst political and economical situation, apparently criticizing the government's leadership for failure to main stability in the country.
Massoud claimed that the administration of President Ghani follows a dictatorship rule similar as Hafizullah Amin and emphasized that differences among different ethnic groups are on the rise.
In regards to his dismissal, Massoud said the decision was taken as he had not accepted slavery but did not elaborate further regarding his claims.
He also claimed that the government is attempting to weaken the security forces, pointing towards the recent attacks across the country and said the government is unable to ensure security for the people.
The former presidential envoy also added that the current government is not legitimate and insisted that he and his followers have taken back their votes which they casted to President Ghani during the 2014 controversial elections. - NNI

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