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Body considers bill on ratification of Int'l treaties2017/04/29
ISLAMABAD: The 37th meeting of the Standing Committee on Foreign Affairs was held in Meeting Hall, Ministry of Foreign Affairs, Islamabad Friday under the Chairmanship of Awais Ahmad Khan Leghari, MNA to Consider and discussed the Ratification of International Treaties Bill, 2013(Private Member, Bill) moved by Dr. Shireen Mehrunnisa Mazari, MNA.
The Chairman explained that this meeting was specifically called for consideration of private member bill moved by Dr. Shireen Mehrunnisa Mazari, MNA and before starting the discussion and view point of Hon. Members I would like to invite the mover and the other Members beside the views of the Ministry of Foreign Affairs, Cabinet Division and Ministry of Law, Justice and Human Rights. 
All the participants were given opportunity to comment and present their considered opinion on the proposed bill throwing light on its importance, objectives as well as its legal implications if any. Moreover, the representative of the Ministry of Foreign Affairs and Cabinet were specifically asked to explain the present procedure and steps in details at each stage and their opinion about the proposed bill in order to understand the scope and intention of the mover for increasing the parliamentary oversight on this particular aspect of the foreign policy/relation in the best public interest.
Later on, the Chairman while concluding the debate requested the mover to correct the text of the bill which was highlighted during the meeting and submit the same for further consideration in the next meeting.   
The Members who attended the meeting are: Sahibzada Muhammad Nazeer Sultan, Muhammad Khan Daha, Ch. Salman Hanif Khan, Rana Muhammad Afzal Khan, Dr. Nafisa Shah, Makhdoom Shah Mahmood Hussain Qureshi, Dr. Shireen Mehrunnisa Mazari, Ghous Bux Khan Maher, Ms. Naeema Kishwar Khan and Senior Officer of the Ministry of Foreign Affairs, Cabinet Division and Ministry of Law & Justice also attended the meeting. - NNI

Petrol, high speed diesel prices likely to reduce2017/04/29
ISLAMABAD: The prices of petrol and high speed diesel are likely to be reduced from May 1 while the prices of light diesel and kerosene oil are expected to increase, Dunya News reported on Thursday.
Oil and Gas Regulatory Authority (OGRA) of Pakistan will send its recommendations regarding petroleum prices to the Ministry of Petroleum on April 29 ...

China holds maiden flight of dual-seat JF-17B jet2017/04/29
BEIJING: China has conducted the maiden flight of its dual-seat JF-17B trainer and fighter jet, aiming to seize a bigger share of the global military aircraft market.
The event took place at an airport of Chengdu Aircraft Industry Group, the maker of the plane and a subsidiary of Aviation Industry Corp of China (AVIC), China Daily reported on Friday ...

COAS pledges to clean the country from all fasaadis2017/04/29
RAWALPINDI: Army Chief General Qamar Javed Bajwa has said the war against terrorism is continuing and the country will be cleansed of all fasadis with the help of our great nation.
He was talking to jawaans and officers of Pak Army during his visit to Gujranwala and Pasrur cantonments on Friday.
According to a ISPR press statement Friday, the COAS was given detailed briefing on operational preparedness of Gujranwala corps, progress on operation Raddul Fasaad and Census. COAS also addressed officers of Gujranwala Garrison.
"Our fight against terrorism is continuing and with the support of our great nation we shall cleanse our country of Fasaadis  of all hue and colour, insha Allah," the COAS reaffirmed. 
Earlier on arrival at Gujranwala , COAS was received by Lieutenant General Ikram ul Haque, Corps Commander Gujranwala. - NNI

Sindh govt to launch 100MW power plant next month2017/04/29
KARACHI: Sindh Chief Minister Syed Murad Ali Shah has said that it is the day of jubilation for the people of Sindh that the Sindh government is finally going to its launch a 100 MW power Plant. "yes, we have done it."
This he said while presiding over a meeting on Sindh Nooriabad Power Company (SNPC) and Sindh Transmission & Dispatch Company (ST&DC) here at the CM House. The meeting was attended by Principal Secretary to CM Sohail Rajput, Secretary Finance Hassan Naqvi, Secretary Energy Agha Wasif, Director of Sindh Nooriabad Power Company Khursheed Jamali, CEO STDC Rehan Hashmi, GM Tech. Tariq Saeed, Project Director SNPC Syed Arif Ali and Najmul Hassan.
The chief minister was told that the power plant has been tested and it is working properly and smoothly. The testing would be continued for few days more.
Talking about Transmission line laid from Nooriabad to Karachi is also complete by 99.9 percent. Only two towers, one at Gadap and other one at Motorway are under erection.
The chief minister said in jubilance and pride `we made it' people were criticizing Sindh government for launching ambitious projects but "we did it for the people of Sindh and for people of Pakistan," he said.
Syed Murad Ali Shah said that some people used to say that SNPC and STDC were dormant companies and would fail to deliver. "Today not only SNPC has installed a 100-MW power plant but STDC has laid a transmission line for it," he said and added "both the companies have produced results for the government and for the people of Sindh and Pakistan-I am quite happy today" he said.
He thanked the leadership of his party for supporting him and entrusting him in launching power projects. The chief minister added that the solution of national energy crises lies in Sindh. "Sindh can turn entire Pakistan self-sufficient in energy sector if federal government extends its full support," he said.
The chief minister congratulating his team for success directed them to make necessary arrangements for organizing launching ceremony before advent of holy month of Ramazan. - NNI

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