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Foreign Secretary Tehmina Janjua is greeted by Afghan Deputy Foreign Minister2017/08/16
KABUL: Foreign Secretary Tehmina Janjua is greeted by Afghan Deputy Foreign Minister Hekmat Khalil Karzai after first round of Pakistan-Afghan bilateral political consultation at the Ministry of Foreign Affairs, here Tuesday. — NNI photo

Pak-Afghan discuss ways to boost bilateral trust2017/08/16

Monitoring Desk

ISLAMABAD: Foreign Secretary Tehmina Janjua called on Afghan President Ashraf Ghani in Kabul on Tuesday.
They discussed bilateral relations and overall geo-strategic situation in the region, Radio Pakistan reported ...

Centre spending Rs 75bn on Karachi's uplift: Zubair2017/08/16
KARACHI: Sindh Governor Mohammed Zubair has said that a Project Management Unit (PMU) will be established in Governor's House pertaining to the Karachi Development Package (KDP) as the federal government in all spending Rs75 billion on the uplift of the city.
"The federal government is fully paying attention to the development of the metropolis, the Governor said here Tuesday while addressing a press conference on Prime Minister's announcement of Karachi Package.
The Governor said that the Prime Minister Shahid Khaqan Abbasi had announced Rs 25 billion development package for Karachi. He said that the federal government was already working on Green Line, Lyari Expressway, K-IV and other projects in the city.
He said that the purpose of the Project Management Unit was to ensure implementation of these projects in proper manner. Governor Zubair said that various projects would be kicked off including potable water to meet city needs. He said that allocation of funds for Fire Brigade had also been made in Karachi Package.
"Infrastructure of industrial zones is being improved", he said. Zubair also stressed the need to set up a state-of-the-art hospital in the city. The federal government would established a medical college and hospital on the premises of the University of Karachi, he pointed out. There was the need to improve infrastructure of the mega city to attract investments and exports and representative party of the city had also been consulted to this effect, he said.
Adding that they were also in touch with the provincial government. Zubair said that Karachi was a big city and there were many problems and issues. He said that there was a big toll of the talented youth in the city and the government was taking measures in this regard.
After the restoration of law and order then no one could call a strike. Karachi was being paid full attention and local bodies were also being consulted. He said that some projects had been included in the Karachi Package after being pointed out those by the local bodies.
He said, besides Karachi, the Prime Minister had also announced development packages for Hyderabad, Jacobabad and Thatta. In Hyderabad, the work would be carried out on a university, airport and project pertaining to technology and for the reason location had been identified. Zubair said that the Prime Minister had also announced to run Metro Bus in Hyderabad city in the next phase. Adding that local government of Hyderabad was being provided with a grant of Rs50 crores for the development package and other development funds would also be released. - NNI

Kulsoom Nawaz's nomination papers challenged in ECP2017/08/16
LAHORE: The nomination papers of Kulsoom Nawaz, wife of former premier Nawaz Sharif and contestant of ruling party for NA-120 by-election, have been challenged in the Election Commission of Pakistan (ECP) by Ishtiaq Chaudhary of Pakistan Awami Tehreek.
The petitioner has taken the stance that Pakistan Muslim League-Nawaz (PML-N) is registered on the named of Nawaz Sharif, who has been ousted by the Supreme Court (SC) of Pakistan, and the name of a disqualified person's party cannot be used in the election ...

Nawaz to rally in Multan, drops GT Road for security2017/08/16
Monitoring Desk

ISLAMABAD: Former prime minister Nawaz Sharif will address a public meeting in Multan "within 10 days" as part of the campaign against his ouster from power by the top court, the party has decided.
In the meeting held in Lahore, it was decided that following the Grand Trunk Road rally, the campaign against Nawaz's ouster will be expanded to other cities and provinces, disclosed the sources.
The participants rejected the idea of using the GT Road for the Multan rally, saying there were security risks in opting for the route.
Those in attendance also agreed to begin consultation with other party leaders on the ongoing campaign.
Agencies add: Ex-prime minister Nawaz Sharif, who was ousted by Supreme Court of Pakistan in Panama Leaks case under article 62 of the Constitution, chaired a consultative meeting of Pakistan Muslim League-Nawaz (PML-N) leaders at his Raiwind palace on Tuesday.
Former prime minister Muhammad Nawaz Sharif, Punjab Governor Malik Muhammad Rafique Rajwana, Punjab Chief Minister Muhammad Shehbaz Sharif, National Assembly Speaker Sardar Ayaz Sadiq, Foreign Minister Khwaja Muhammad Asif, Interior Minister Ahsan Iqbal, Federal Law Minister Zahid Hamid, MNA Hamza Shehbaz Sharif, Anusha Rehman, Senator Dr Asif Kirmani, Pervaiz Rashid, Rana Maqbool and others attended the meeting.
The participants also discussed Constitutional amendments and future strategy.
The meeting discussed various issues ranging from party's future strategy to the by-election in NA-120 in Lahore.
According to sources, the participants in the meeting also exchanged views on future activities of Muhammad Nawaz Sharif. However, it was agreed upon that a final decision in this regard would be taken after consulting the party leaders and workers.
The meeting also discussed ways and means for reorganisation of the party and the recommendations regarding election campaign in National Assembly's constituency No 120.
During the meeting, Muhammad Nawaz Sharif said that the PML-N government had put the country on right track to economic development, adding that public service was the mission of Nawaz League that would be taken forward at all costs. He mentioned that he could never forget the love and warmth given by people during his recent journey from Islamabad to Lahore. PML-N would continue to advance the agenda of Pakistan's development and people's prosperity.
Talking to media after the meeting, the National Assembly Speaker said Nawaz Sharif used the historic Grand Trunk (GT) Road for his homecoming rally on the insistence of his friends and workers. He said that what was destined had happened already, now they have to move forward.
To a question, he said that it had never said about clash with any of the institutions. Ruling out the opposition's criticism about Constitutional amendment, he said that what was to happen had already taken place and now we have to look forward. He said that a meeting on the Election Reforms Bill would be held on Thursday and Friday, asserting that 125 meetings in this connection had already been held.
Meanwhile, Senator Dr Asif Kirmani told the media that the PML-N consultative meeting did not discuss Article 62 and 63 at all and the party had time and again stated that it had always respected the judiciary and implemented its orders in letter and spirit. He said that Muhammad Nawaz Sharif did not challenge the judiciary as he always respected the court of law, and in his speeches, he did not name any institution but talked about conspiracy and he would disclose it on a proper time. Kirmani said that Muhammad Nawaz Sharif was a popular leader, who was elected thrice as the prime minister of Pakistan and it was people's affiliation and love for their great leader that was why they came out in thousands to welcome him.
He said that the meeting also discussed the matters regarding election campaign in NA-120, asserting that party would conduct more consultative meetings to finalise its future line of action. - NNI

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