ISLAMABAD: The Federal Cabinet has decided to lift ban on recruitment in government departments and provide a cash grant of twenty-five thousand rupees per family to the flood affected people before Eid-ul-Azha. Its meeting held in Islamabad today was chaired by Prime Minister Nawaz Sharif.
Briefing newsmen about decisions of the meeting, Minister for Information and Broadcasting Senator Pervaiz Rashid said the Cabinet also approved a mechanism for adjustment of inflated electricity bills for last month.
The meeting decided to give legal cover to the minimum wage of 12000 rupees per month. Giving details of the decisions, the Information Minister said recruitment against vacancies in government departments would be made purely on merit in a highly transparent manner. For this purpose, the Prime Minister has constituted a Cabinet Committee to oversee the entire process.
The Minister emphatically stated that there would be no recommendation (Sifarish) and recruitments would be More details
ISLAMABAD: The federal cabinet which met here on Monday with Prime Minister Nawaz Sharif in the chair reviewed the current political situation and flood losses.
The meeting was also apprised about the demand and supply gap of electricity and steps being taken to improve the situation.
The federal cabinet and discussed various issues, including relief and rescue activities in flood-hit areas.
Besides reviewing current political situation, sources said, the cabinet also took up proposed amendments in laws pertaining to minimum wages of labourers and power theft.
A proposed bill for constitution of National Meteorological Institute was also on the cabinet agenda.
The ministers discussed government’s measures for relief and rescue activities and compensations of affectees of recent floods in Punjab and Azad Kashmir.
Sources said officials of Minist More details
Rawalpindi: Major General Rizwan Akhtar was named new Inter-Services Intelligence (ISI) chief on Monday.
Akhtar had worked as DG Rangers Sindh in the past.
The new chief will take charge once DG ISI Zaheerul Islam retires from his post.
Six Major Generals of Pakistan Army have been promoted to the rank of Lt. Generals.
According to ISPR those promoted include Major General Rizwan Akhtar, Major General Hilal Hussain, Major General Ghayur Mahmood, Major General Nazir Butt, Major General Navid Mukhtar and Major General Hidayatur Rehman and Major General Nazir But.
Lt. General Hilal Hussain has been appointed Corps Commander Mangla, Lt. General Ghayyur Mahmood Corps Commander Gujranwala, Lt. General Hidayatur Rehman Corps Commander Peshawar, Lt. General Navid Mukhtar Corps Commander Karachi and More details
ISLAMABAD: Army Chief General Raheel Sharif called on Prime Minister Nawaz Sharif in Islamabad on Monday.
According to sources, the Army Chief and Premier had an exchange of views on the ongoing military offensive ‘Zarb-e-Azb’ in North Waziristan Agency (NWA) and the relief and rehabilitation effort for the Internally Displaced Persons (IDPs). More details
MULTAN: Pakistan Tehreek-e-Insaf (PTI) has reportedly decided to boycott by-elections in National Assembly constituency, NA-149 Multan II, vacated by its disgruntled president Javed Hashmi.
Election Commission of Pakistan (ECP) has set Oct 16 for the election.
Hashmi had vacated the seat by quitting his National Assembly membership earlier this month.
According to sources, Imran Khan’s PTI is contemplating to boycott the votes; however, no formal decision has so far been announced.
PTI’s Vice Chairman Shah Mehmood Qureshi confirmed that his party would not field any candidate in the constituency, saying that party leaders would make a final decision in this regard.
After Islamabad and Karachi, Qureshi said, a protest sit-in will also be staged in Multan. More details
ISLAMABAD: Prime Minister Nawaz Sharif will proceed to New York on Wednesday to attend annual session of the UN General Assembly.
According to an official spokesman, he is scheduled to address the session on Friday.
The spokesman said around 10 journalists from private media houses will accompany the Prime Minister during the visit. He said the expenditure of these journalists' visit will be sponsored by their respective organizations. More details
Karachi: A day after a massive anti-government rally in Karachi, Pakistan Tehreek-e-Insaf (PTI) Monday decided to launch a campaign aimed at ‘waking up people of Sindh’.
Sources said PTI chief Imran Khan will visit different cities of Sindh during his party’s ‘Wake up Sindh’ campaign from Hyderabad, the second largest city of Sindh and hub of the politics of PPP, MQM and Sindhi nationalists.
They said a comprehensive strategy for the movement would be devised within a month.
Yesterday, while addressing thousands of his supporters in Karachi, Khan called upon Sindhi-speaking masses to embrace the PTI, claiming that PPP was exploiting Sindhis in the name of Zulfiqar Ali Bhutto. More details
Haripur: As many as eight people were killed while two others injured in a road accident here on Monday.
According to police, the accident occurred at G.T Road, Sirai Gadai area of the city where a truck collided with two cars, leaving eight people dead on the spot.
Rescue workers and police rushed to the scene and started rescue operation.
Victims and injured people were shifted to a hospital.
Cause of accident was not yet known however police has kicked off its investigations. More details
ISLAMABAD: Pakistan Awami Tehreek chief Dr. Tahirul Qadri has called upon masses to take the ‘mission’ to its logical end, claiming that revolution had already taken place.
Addressing his supporters atop his container at D-Chowk, Islamabad, the PAT chief said no nation could be awaken if they became slaves deep down in their mind. The whole country is now ehcoeing with ‘Go Nawaz Go’, he added. “The revolution will soon be turned into storm.”
Dr. Qadri said Election Commission of Pakistan kept the elections-2013 report in hiding, which had now been made public. The report was uploaded on a website in the dark of night, he lamented. He said even the IDPs protested against the government for its alleged malpractices.
“We will turn this wave of awareness into a storm in two to three days,” said Dr. Qadri. He regretted that only one per cent of the GDP was being More details
ISLAMABAD: Pakistan Tehreek-e-Insaf on Monday suspended the membership of its estranged party leader Javed Hashmi.
PTI chairman Imran Khan has also summoned Hashmi in Islamabad on September 29. Imran will seek explanation from the axed party leader over his statements against the party.
Decision to suspend Hashmi as PTI president was taken by Imran under his authority as the party head. The PTI also issued show-cause notice to Hashmi.
Earlier in his press conference in the day, Hashmi challenged PTI vice president Shah Mehmood Qureshi to contest by-election against him from NA-150 and NA-149, if the latter resigned from his constituency.
Hashmi challenged Qureshi to resign and face him in the elections. He said it would be known soon that “who is ‘Daghi’ in the party”.
He informed that he would submi More details
ISLAMABAD: National Assembly (NA) Speaker Ayaz Sadiq wrote a letter to six PTI’s MNAs, inviting them to his chamber for the verification of their resignations on Tuesday.
The speaker has sent the letter to Shah Mahmood Qureshi, Asad Umar, Arif Alvi, Ali Muhammad Khan, Munazza Hasan and Ms. Shireen Mazari.
It is vital to mention h here that PTI MNAs submitted their resignations last month as part of their anti-government protest.
PTI President Javed Hashmi has already resigned and is contesting by-election as an independent candidate from Multan. More details
QUETTA: At least eleven people were killed during an armed clash between two groups in Balochistan's Turbat area on Monday afternoon, an official said.
Akbar Durrani, the Home Secretary Balochistan, told a private TV channel that armed groups clashed with each other in the Bal Gitar area of Turbat. He said eleven people were killed during the armed clash that lasted for more than one hour.
Another security official, who requested anonymity, told Dawn that armed militants attacked the convoy of Yaqoob Balgatheri, a militant commander in the Bil Gitar area of Hoshap.
He said the militants killed Yaqoob Balgatheri, Mulla Fazal, and their nine other colleagues during the exchange of fire.
"Yaqoob's group retaliated but they suffered casualties," he added. Both sides used heavy weapons against each other during the clash.
The assailants took aw More details
Multan: Disgruntled president of Pakistan Tehreek-e-Insaf (PTI) Javed Hashmi Monday challenged Shah Mehmood Qureshi to contest by-election against him from NA-150, if the latter resigned from his constituency.
Addressing a press conference, Hashmi challenged Qureshi to resign and face him in the elections. He said it would be known soon that “who is ‘Daghi’ in the party”.
The Baghi leader said that Imran Khan has skipped the issue of Zahra’s murder in his speech to Karachi rally which was a crime.
PTI suspended President said that his statement regarding governor Punjab was misquoted in the media adding that he never said that Governor Punjab had participated in Qadri-Imran meeting in London.
He said Imran Khan is naïve but a truthful leader and is being used by some foolish persons for their own personal interest.
He said that Imran Khan was only hope for the new generation of the nation but More details
KARACHI: The Ruet-e-Hilal committee tasked with the sighting of the new moon will meet on the 25th of September to sight the new moon.
The meeting will be presided over by Ruet-e-Hilal committee chairman, Mufti Muneeb-ur-Rehman and will be attended by the Chief Meteorologist, Ulema as well as astronomers.
Speaking to the media, the Chief Meteorologist Tauseef Alam said, that it is highly unlikely that the new moon will be sighted on the 25th adding that it is likely that Eid-ul-Adha will fall on teh 6th of October. More details