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Security forces detain terrorist Khairullah2017/03/22
MALAKAND: Security forces on Tuesday arrested wanted terrorist Khairullah alias Khainu during an operation in Malakand.
According to details, Special Unit conducted a raid in Barakat Market and took the suspect into custody. The officers have also cordoned off the entire area and shifted the detainee to some undisclosed location for interrogation ...

PAEC, CPIH sign MoU for general cooperation2017/03/22
KARACHI: Pakistan Atomic Energy Commission (PAEC) and China Power International Holding Ltd. (CPIH) on Tuesday signed a Memorandum of Understanding (MOU) for general cooperation between two entities. 
Under this MOU, PAEC and CPIH will develop extensive of collaboration on the power sector in Pakistan.  
China Power International Holding Ltd is a core subsidiary of State Power Investment Corporation (SPIC), one of the top five State-owned Power Groups in China. 
CPIH mainly engages in the development and operation of power projects, including coal-fired, hydro, natural gas, wind, solar energy, biomass, waste-to-energy, CHP, as well as coal and electricity consortium projects. 
By end of 2016, the total installed capacity of CPIH is 28 GW, in addition, 20 GW projects are under development. The total asset of CPIH is about 20 Billion USD and the total employee of CPIH are 18,000. Recently CPIH is investing into the energy sector of Pakistan, including but not limited to a 2×660MW coal-fired power project under CPEC in Hub, Baluchistan.
Pakistan Atomic Energy Commission (PAEC) is a governmental scientific, engineering and research institution, concerned with research and development of nuclear power, promotion of nuclear power, energy conservation and the peaceful usage of nuclear technology. 
PAEC has overseen the extensive development of nuclear infrastructure to support the economical uplift of Pakistan by founding institutions that focus on development of nuclear power, nuclear science, medicine and agriculture. 
PAEC has capability and qualified resources for the design and manufacturing of mechanical equipment and a large number has been fabricated for local nuclear power plants. PAEC can also provide technical services in Power Sector, including design and manufacture of large-scale mechanical systems and complete sets of equipment, training and validation of welding technology, installation, testing and inspection of the equipment.
The MOU was signed by Chairman PAEC member Syed Ziauddin and the President of CPIH in Karachi. Wang Binghua, the Chairman of SPIC, Muhammad Naeem the Chairman of PAEC and Guo Chunshui the Commercial Counsellor of Consulate General of People's Republic of China in Karachi have given their witness to this remarkable moment. - NNI

NA approves Army Act Amendment Bill 20172017/03/22
ISLAMABAD: National Assembly has approved Army Act Amendment Bill 2017 on Tuesday extending tenure of the military courts for speedy trials of terrorists for two years.
Prime Minister Nawaz Sharif participated in the proceedings of the National Assembly session Tuesday. The amendment bill was tabled today after parliamentary parties agreed over two-year extension in several meetings conducted earlier.
Taking part in the discussion, Haji Ghulam Ahmad Bilour of ANP supported the bill and said that elimination of terrorist mindset is imperative for eradication of terrorism from the country.
Ijaz-ul-Haq of PML-Z also supported the bill and said that revival of the military courts is need of the country and not that of the security forces. He said that military courts should continue to work till the elimination of terrorism from the country.
Dr Nafisa Shah of PPP said that military courts are working in a number of the democratic countries in the world. She said that we will vote in support of the bill because extraordinary measures are needed to address the menace of terrorism.
Winding up the discussion, Finance Minister Ishaq Dar said that after the expiry of the tenure of the military courts on 7th January this year, the government in consensus with all the parliamentary political parties decided to revive it. He said fifteen meetings of Parliamentary Leaders and five meetings of the technical committee were held in this regard. He said it was agreed to revive the tenure of the military courts for next two years. He said the Parliamentary Committee on National Security that was constituted after the incident of Abbottabad, will also be revived through a resolution and it will oversight the functioning of the military courts.
The Minister said that the decision has been taken because the country is facing extraordinary challenges and the step will help to restore peace in the country.
Speaking on the bill, Law Minister said that keeping in view the extraordinary situation and circumstances constituting grave threat to the security and integrity of Pakistan from various terrorist groups, armed groups, wings and militia or their members, the Constitution (Twenty-first Amendment) Act, 2015 was passed enabling trial of causes related to terrorism under the Pakistan Army Act, 1952. 
He said necessary amendments were also made in the Pakistan Army Act, 1952 through the Pakistan Army (Amendment) Act, 2015. He said these measures have yielded positive results in combating terrorism. He said it is, therefore, proposed to continue these special measures for a further period of two years through this bill.
Voting for the motion of "The Constitution (Twenty-eighth (Amendment) Bill, 2017" was held in the National Assembly Tuesday.
253 Members voted in favour of the motion while four opposed the motion thereby showing two-third majority. Now the clause by clause reading of the bill is underway.
The motion moved by Minister for Law and Justice Zahid Hamid provides to further amend the Constitution of the Islamic Republic of Pakistan. - NNI

LPG crisis starts as prices rise Rs 5/kg2017/03/22
LAHORE: Following disruption in liquefied petroleum gas (LPG) imports due to intervention of the regulator, LPG crisis has started as prices have gone up by Rs 5 per kilogram. 
In a statement, Chairman LPG Distributors Association of Pakistan Irfan Khokhar on Tuesday warned that LPG prices will further shoot up as imports have come to halt for last two months.
He said that LPG importers played a key role in bridging gas demand. However, he said that intervention of Ogra in determining prices had caused millions of rupees loss for the industry this year. He said that such practices by the regulator would cause disruption in LPG supply through imports.
He said that import of LPG had been reduced and during last two months, only one Letter of Credit (LC) had been opened due to intervention of OGRA in writing a letter to determine price which not feasible for importers. 
He said that shortage of LPG product was leading to hike in prices due to no availability of product. He appealed the government to find out permanent solution by formulating policy to stabilize prices to make imports feasible. He said that price of LPG had increased by Rs 5 per kg and Rs 50 per domestic cylinder and Rs 200 commercial cylinder. He said that price would increase further in coming dues due to non-availability of product followed by disruption in LPG imports.
He said that Petroleum Minister Shahid Khaqan Abbasi had already mentioned in LPG conference held in Lahore on March 14 that policy would be formed to make imports feasible by bridging price gap between locally and imported product. 
Irfan Khokhar said that government should immediately announce the policy to enhance supply of LPG through imports. He said that government had already taken initiatives that led to increase supply of LPG to 2,801 tonnes per day in FY 2015-16 as compared to 1,899 tonnes per day in FY 2014-15.The consumption increased to 3,055 tonnes per day from 1,915 tonnes per day.
After increase, The prices of LPG stood at as Rs 90 per kg in Karachi ( Rs 1030 domestic cylinder), Lahore, Gujranwala, Faisalabad, Jhelum, Kasur, Sahiwal, Sailkot, Daska and Peshawar, Rs 95 per kg (1090 cylinder), Rahi Yar  Khan, Sadiqabad, Mirpur Azad Kashmir, Islamabad Rs 110 per kg (1270 domestic cylinder), Murree, Abbottabad, Bagh, FATA, Kotli Azad Kashmir Rs 115 per kg (1330 domestic cylinder).
However, he hailed the efforts of government for creating environment for imports that played a key role in enhancing supply of LPG to cater demand of domestic, commercial and industrial sectors. - NNI

Britain knows Pakistan concerns on Altaf issue2017/03/22
ISLAMABAD: British Secretary of the Interior, Amber Rudd has said on Tuesday that the British government understands Pakistan's concerns over issue regarding MQM and the decision would be made as per the law.
Rudd convened a meeting with Minister for the Interior, Chaudhry Nisar Ali Khan in the federal capital ...

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