ISLAMABAD: Ruling party Pakistan Muslim league (Nawaz) is witnessing serious rift among its party members on the issue of whether to sustain dialogue with Taliban or launch a military offensive in North Waziristan Agency (NWA).
As the nation is facing a clear divide on the issue of initiating dialogue process with Taliban or launching a massive scale military operation in North Waziristan Agency, the ruling party is also witnessing a clear rift among its top columns on the issue.
Feeling the heat of the situation with in party and on national canvas, the party president Nawaz Sharif recently has barred the party leaders from issuing statements in this connection.
Sources privy to the PML-N told Online that one faction with in party comprised of Federal Interior Minister Chaudhry Nisar Ali Khan, State Minister for Interior Baligur Rehman, Raja Zafarulhaq, Chaudhry Jafer Iqbal, Ehsan Iqbal, Chaudhry Jafer Iqbal Guj More details
ISLAMABAD: President Mamnoon Hussain has directed that every possible step should be taken for the assistance and help of the people of Thar.
He issued the directives to Sindh Governor Ishratul Ebad during a telehonic conversation and discussed with him the situation of Tharparkar.
He sought a report of the latest situation in Tharparkar and directed for pacing up of relief activities and help of the people of Thar. More details
Peshawar: Up to 25 artillery shells fired from Afghanistan landed on the Pakistan side of the border on Saturday, security officials said.
An official said that Afghan border police fired the artillery rounds from Tarkhopi Camp area which landed in Pakistani village.
The troops at the post confirmed that they too had heard the munitions landing.
No loss of life was reported in Saturday cross-border aggression.
Tensions between the two neighbouring have simmered in the past as both accused each other for cross-border fire.
Pakistan has always denied the allegations, claiming that there were incursions from the Afghan side. More details
KARACHI: Pakistan Peoples Party (PPP) Chairman Bilawal Bhutto Zardari has directed Chief Minister Sindh Qaim Ali Shah to take immediate steps to save lives in drought-hit area of Sindh.
The chairman PPP telephoned the CM from Dubai, asking him to reach Tharkparker and solve the problems of locals.
Earlier, Provincial Information Minister Sharjeel Memon and Provincial Minister for Development Robeena Qaim Khani visited the drought-hit areas and directed officials to speed up aid work.
The chief minister also called a meeting of the Provincial Assembly members to review the situation of the Tharkparker. More details
Dhaka: Pakistan failed to defend the Asia Cup title as they were defeated by Sri Lanka in the final of the 12th edition here at the Shere Bangla National Stadium Mirpur on Saturday.
Chasing 261, Sri Lanka completed their well-deserved five-wicket victory with 22 balls left to snatch the title from Pakistan who had won the previous tournament held also in Bangladesh in 2012.
Sri Lanka who had defeated Pakistan in the opening match of the tournament remained unbeaten throughout the event and finally won the title beating Pakistan again, in the final.
Sri Lanka won the Asia Cup championship for the fifth time, equaling the record held by India.
Opener Lahiru Thirimanne, who had scored a century against Pakistan in the opening match, hit another ton against the same opponents, this time in the final of the tournament.
The left-handed batsman made 101 off 108 balls with More details
LAHORE: Chief Justice of Pakistan (CJP) Tassaduq Hussain Jillani has said administering speedy and inexpensive justice is prime responsibility of judiciary.
“ Providing speedy and inexpensive justice is primary responsibility of judiciary. It is constitutional obligation that the judiciary should demonstrate good performance ”, he said this while addressing lawyers in the meeting of National Judicial policy making committee held here under him Saturday.
He stated International Judicial Conference is going to be held on April 18-19 which will benefit us enormously.
He stressed that institutions related to judicial system will have to be strengthened more and an early disposal of overseas cases will enhance trust on judicial system. Overseas Pakistanis are playing a pivotal role in the social and political matters , he held.
He pointed out that More details
ISLAMABAD: Prime Minister Nawaz Sharif has pledged full support to the Sindh government in assisting people suffering from severe shortages of food, water and medicines in large areas of the southern province’s Tharparkar district
In a statement issued on Saturday, the prime minister said all available resources should be brought to use in order to assist the large numbers of women nursing their sick children and hungry people waiting for food in villages.
The federal government would extend all possible assistance to the Sindh government in this regard, the statement said, adding that the National Disaster Management Authority (NDMA) and other departments were keeping him apprised of the situation.
The army was also dispatching relief goods and organising medical camps in the district’s affected areas.
As many as 23 children have died in the villages of Tharparkar since the start of February, Kamran Zia, NDMA’s ch More details
KARACHI: Sindh Information Minister Sharjeel Memon termed the news of Sindh government’s refusal of help from Punjab ‘baseless’, adding that no such offer was made.
Sharjeel Memon categorically said Punjab government didn’t offer any sort of help or assistance, so how can it be turned down.
He thanked Prime Minister Nawaz Sharif’s offered help and aid assistance for Thar drought victims.
He said that Sindh government has been utilizing all its resources to tackle situation erupted out of drought in Thar and for this purpose, all officials and ministers are present in the area.
He said that the masses of Sindh are with their brothers of Thar in these difficult times. More details
ISLAMABAD: Federal Minister for Information and Broadcasting Senator Pervez Rasheed has said the government is working to formulate laws to empower women in the country.
Speaking to the media on International Women Day, the minister said women were given 50 per cent quota in the Prime Minister Youth loan scheme.
Replying to a query, the minister said Prime Minister Muhammad Nawaz Sharif soon will formulate another committee to move the dialogue process ahead. He was of the opinion that the government wanted to reach the peace in the country without bloodshed.
Senator Pervez Rashid said end of terrorism, economic revival and resolution of energy crisis are priorities of the government. He also said the cabinet members are playing vital role in the parliament. The prime minister will soon address the Senate and announce his policy on different issues. More details
Islamabad: Prime Minister Nawaz Sharif on Saturday has taken serious notice of defence minister Khawaja Asif latest statement regarding to launch full-fledged operation against Taliban if violation of ceasefire continues.
According to media reports, the PM takes notice of the statement because he still wanted to resolve the problem with dialogue.
The Prime Minister is thinking to impose a ban on ministers not to give any statement regarding dialogues and operation against Taliban.
Earlier on Friday, defence minister Khawaja Asif told a foreign news agency that the government would not hesitate to bomb militant hideouts or send forces into the tribal areas if the Taliban did not abide by the ceasefire announced last weekend.
“It will not take months now, we will have to march in the month of March, Asif said in the interview with British news agency, describing the government’s response if insurgents persis More details
HAZRU: JUI-F chief Maulana Fazlur Rehman has said government should hold talks with all groups of militants
“We had asked government to go for talks with all militants. It is matter of regret that government did not pay heed to what we had said without finding any technical fault in our stance. Due to this talks and explosions are going side by side”, he said this while talking to media men in Haroon and Daman villages of Hazru after his meeting with Sheikhul Hadith Maulana Zahoor ul Haq here Saturday.
He regretted that tribal people have been overlooked in the negotiations despite the fact it is said in writing that jirga of tribesmen will participate in peace talks. State is looking to be standing head on against certain groups due to ill conceived strategy of the government which is not good, More details