ISLAMABAD: Interior Minister Ch Nisar on Wednesday held a meeting with PM Nawaz in Islamabad and discussed several issues including the peace talks with Taliban and prevailing situation following an attack on Hamid Mir.
Chaudhry Nisar briefed Nawaz Sharif over the peace talks with the Taliban.
He said the dialogue was going in right direction.
The meeting also discussed the attack on senior anchorperson Hamid Mir in Karachi.
On the other hand, Interior Minister has also convened a joint meeting of Government-Taliban Peace Committees.
It will discuss progress in dialogue process and decide about future strategy. It will also review ceasefire announcement by Taliban. More details
ISLAMABAD: Prime Minister Nawaz Sharif has directed to keep duration of electricity load-shedding to the minimum to avoid inconvenience to the consumers.
He was chairing a high level meeting here on Wednesday regarding the overall electricity and gas network and distribution system in the country.
The Prime Minister directed that strict legal action should be taken against those involved in gas and electricity theft.
The Prime Minister said that this government has made legal measures more stringent against electricity and gas theft.
He directed that electricity dues should be recovered on priority and a report in this regard be presented in a week.
He said that action should be taken against heads of distribution companies that are not performing. More details
Lahore: The council of Pakistan Newspapers Editors in its emergent meeting held at Aiwan-e- Iqbal, Lahore unanimously declared that closure of any media house or cancellation of license or declaration of any channel or publication will not be acceptable as it is not in the national interest.
Any such action will tantamount to a grave crisis and will do irreparable harm to the democratic Pakistan.
The meeting was chaired by Mr. Mujib-ur-Rahman Shami, President of CPNE. CPNE further resolved that sanctity of Defence as well as Media Institutions is equally important as both are national institutions.
It was further resolved that Pakistan Armed Forces and Inter Services Intelligence (ISI) are our vital national institutions and it is our collective responsibility to defend and safeguard their honor and dignity.
The meeting called upon all the Media Houses to show responsibility while reporting/commenting about these vital security organizations.
The meeting also discussed at len More details
QUETTA: Suspected militants blew up a 16 inch gas pipeline in Balochistan's volatile Dera Bugti district on Wednesday, an official said.
A security official who requested anonymity since he was not authorised to speak to media told Dawn.com that militants had planted an improvised explosive device (IED) close to a gas pipeline in the Pir Koh area of Dera Bugti.
He said the IED exploded with a considerably loud bang blowing up 16 inch diameter gas pipeline in the area.
"Gas supply to Sui purification plant suspended after the blast," he said.
Roaring flames of fire could be witnessed from quite far away, the official added.
Personnel of Frontier Corps, a para-military force, reached the spot and cordoned off the area to launch a probe into the incident.
The official said that repair of the gas pipeline would take a couple o More details
KARACHI: At least five people were killed in separate incidents of violence on Wednesday in Karachi.
Two bodies were discovered in Mewashah Graveyard near Malang Darbar whereas another body was discovered from a river below the Lasbela Bridge.
All three were first kidnapped and later tortured, however, none of the bodies have been identified yet, police sources said.
One person was also gunned down in Manghopir's Mianwali Colony.
A body of a woman bearing torture marks was also found in a gunnysack in North Karachi’s Rashidabad area.
Karachi, the largest metropolitan city of Pakistan, is riddled with targeted killings, gang wars, kidnappings for ransom, extortion and terrorism.
Targeted operations led by Rangers’ forces with the support of police are ongoing in the city under a directiv More details
QUETTA: Lawyers in Quetta clashed with police on Wednesday during a protest against alleged police torture on their colleague.
The law practitioners claimed that police pulled a senior lawyer from his car and subjected him to torture in Quetta.
Against the incident, a large number of lawyers, most of them carrying sticks in their hands, came out on roads and staged protest demonstration at Manan Chowk.
The infuriated lawyers blocked the main intersection and pelted police mobiles with stones and resorted to aerial firing, turning the area into a battle field.
The enraged lawyers also damaged windowpanes of several police vans.
Scores of lawyers were arrested after scuffle with police during the chaos which last for more than two hours and ended after the two sides held negotiations. More details
ISLAMABAD: The three-member Judicial Commission to probe attack on Hamid Mir will hold its first meeting in Islamabad on Thursday (today).
The commission will frame rules and regulations in the meeting.
Justice Anwar Zaheer Jamali, Justice Ejaz Afzal and Justice Iqbal Hameed ur Rahman are member of the commission. More details
Lahore: An important member of Tehrik-i-Pakistan (TTP) committee and leader of Jamaat-e-Islami, Professor Ibrahim on Wednesday has termed the release of the prisoners from both sides as the biggest issue for successful dialogue process.
Talking to media, Professor Ibrahim said that the break in peace process between the government and the TTP should come to an end
He said that only peace in Pakistan can ensure the safety of the citizens.
He also told that meeting with Interior Minister Chaudhry Nisar Ali Khan and the government committee is crucial as the future of peace process would be discussed in the meeting.
He further revealed that he did not know the names of TTP prisoners that were released by the government.
It is pertinent to mention here that Interior minister has called a meeting of the government and the TTP committees today to discuss the current status of dialogues between two negotiating parties and also More details
ISLAMABAD: A seven-member Parliamentary Inquiry Committee has rejected MNA Jamshed Dasti’s allegations about immoral activities at the Parliament Lodges in Islamabad.
According to media reports, the Inquiry Committee in its report stated that Dasti’s allegations have no truth behind and termed it as baseless.
However, the committee would present its recommendations in the National Assembly to improve the security of Parliament Lodges and to keep an eye on the activities of workers there.
Earlier, during a session of the National Assembly, Dasti had alleged that girls were brought to the lodges and dances were arranged. The Parliament Lodges, he said, had become a “den of immoral activities” as liquor worth Rs40 million to Rs50m was supplied there and the odour of liquor as well as charas was pervasive.
The National Assembly Secretariat had served a not More details
LAHORE: Ameer, Jamaat e Islami, Pakistan, Sirajul Haq, on Wednesday announced a new public agenda of the party with the objective to free the nation from the clutches of the exploitative forces and appealed to the masses to join the JI to achieve the goal.
He was addressing a press conference at Mansoora, at which he also announced the new central office bearers of the Jamaat. He said that the Jamaat e Islami was the only Islamic and democratic party in the country in real sense, and a model, and it was striving to establish the supremacy of the Quran and the Sunnah and the service of the masses.
He said a handful of the elite had taken the masses as hostages and were in full control of the country’s resources. This class had been exploiting the masses during the last sixty five years, and the JI needed public cooperation to get rid of them. The JI would protect the interests of the workers, the women folk, the minorities and all the poor, h More details