ISLAMABAD: Prime Minister Nawaz Sharif has summoned a high-level meeting to discuss national security on Thursday.
The meeting will review the dialogue process with the Taliban and the situation arising in neighbouring Afghanistan following the presidential election. Sources add that relations with Iran will also be on the agenda.
The country’s top military and civilian leadership will be present during the meeting. PM’s Advisor on Foreign Affairs Sartaj Aziz, Defence Minister Khawaja Asif, Interior Minister Chaudhry Nisar and Information Minister Pervaiz Rashid will be present from the civilian leadership.
The heads of the armed forces, Chairman Joint Chiefs of Staff Committee, DG ISI and DG IB will also be in attendance. More details
PESHAWAR: The Tehrik-i-Taliban Pakistan (TTP) has refused to extend the ceasefire agreement with the government.
In a statement TTP spokesman, Shahidullah Shahid said the government did not give a satisfactory response to the Taliban’s 40-day ceasefire, adding 50 of their detained members were killed during this time period.
"The agreed truce had expired on April 10. We held fire for six more days from April 11 to 16, but we cannot stick to it any longer", he noted.
TTP spokesman said the decision to not extend the ceasefire was taken by the Taliban shura. He said if the government takes any serious step, the TTP will respond.
The Taliban had earlier declared a month-long ceasefire on March 1, 2014, and later extended it for ten more days. The extended ceasefire expired on April 10, 2014. More details
Islamabad: Pakistan Peoples Party leader, Raza Rabbani Wednesday said that if democracy faces difficult time, his party would stand by Nawaz government for safeguard of democratic system.
Briefing media persons over Nawaz-Zardari meeting, the Senator said that both leaders discussed variety of national issues during Wednesday meeting.
PPP leader said that the meeting “was aimed at delivering a message to undemocratic forces of the country.”
A one-on-one meeting between Prime Minister Nawaz Sharif and Pakistan Peoples’ Party supremo Asif Ali Zardari held at PM official residence on Wednesday in Islamabad.
The one-on-one meeting was followed by a delegation-level meeting between PPP and PML-N party leaders and ministers.
Raza Rabbani said both leaders agreed to strengthen democratic system in the country and would jointly fight for democracy if it faces some difficulty time More details
ISLAMABAD: Federal Minister for Finance, Senator Mohammad Ishaq Dar said on Wednesday that defense of country is government’s top priority and we will provide all resources for protection of the motherland from external and internal threats.
He expressed these views while talking to Chief of the Naval Staff, Admiral Muhammad Asif Sandila who called on him here.
They discussed various matters of mutual interest including Pakistan Navy projects, Pakistan’s internal and external security situation and the steps being taken by the government to bring peace and stability to the country.
Dar said that enhanced defence capabilities require a strong economy and society and the government was focused on accelerating the pace of socio economic development in the country to ensure both peace and prosperity. More details
Peshawar: The member of Taliban Negotiating Committee Maulana Sami-ul-Haq has said the appointment of Sardar Mehtab Ahmed Khan Abbassi as Governor Khyber Pakhtunkhwa will help move the dialogue process forward.
Talking to media here on Wednesday he said both the negotiating committees will meet within a couple of days to decide the venue of next round of talks with the Taliban.
He said that internal clashes within different Taliban groups will not affect the dialogue process. More details
KARACHI: Pakistan Awami Tehreek (PAT) Chief, Dr Tahir ul Qadri has announced to kick off a full-fledged movement against the rulers from May 11.
He claimed that if another six months' period was given to the current Government, then it will be impossible to reform the state.
In a statement, Dr Tahir ul Qadri vowed to announce the strategy of revolution on May 11 and referred to the day as a beginning of a rising.
He said given the present situation of the state, revolution is the only option left, now negotiations with rulers will not be held at all and public takeover will take place. Qadri stated that if the rulers are given another six months', then it will be impossible to reform the state.
The PAT Chief slammed the Government for holding talks with militants on the basis of equality and hence disappointing the nation. More details
LAHORE: General Secretary of the Pakistan Peoples Party (PPP) Raja Pervez Ashraf on Wednesday asked Faisal Raza Abidi to resign from Senate seat held by him.
According to media reports the resignation was demanded over violation of party discipline.
Abidi had developed difference with the PPP leadership after he had stated in a press conference that democracy had failed and martial law should be implemented in Pakistan.
Moreover, the firebrand politician had also tendered his resignation following his outburst against then Chief Justice Iftikhar Muhammad Chaudhry but had later withdrawn it after meeting with PPP chairman Bilawal Bhutto-Zardari. More details
LAHORE: India freed 21 Pakistan prisoners and handed them over to the officials at Wagah Border near Lahore on Wednesday.
The freed prisoners included 18 fishermen and the people who crossed the border by mistake. They were kept in different jails of India.
It is usual for the two countries to free each other's prisoners. Pakistan has also freed several Indian prisoners as well. More details
ISLAMABAD: Foreign Secretary Aizaz Ahmad Chaudhry has said Pakistan gives importance to its relations with Tehran, and the upcoming visit of Prime Minister Nawaz Sharif will give impetus to bilateral relations.
Talking to newsmen in Islamabad today (Wednesday), he said the Prime Minister will visit Iran next month for which dates are being worked out.
He said Pakistan is also desirous of healthy relations with new governments in New Delhi and Kabul. Aizaz said our foreign policy is moving on right track. More details
ISLAMABAD: The Senate was informed on Wednesday that the government has devised a comprehensive plan to overcome energy crisis and a number of initiatives have been taken in this regard.
Minister for Planning and Development Ahsan Iqbal told the House during Question Hour that work is underway on Gaddani Power Project and Memorandam of Understandings (MoUs) have been signed in this regard.
He said two power projects at Bin Qasim are also at advanced stage. The Minister said that the government has also started work on Thar Coal project and under this project one mining and three power projects will start functioning within three years. He said China has also expressed interest in ten power projects at Thar.
To a supplementary question about Prime Minister’s Programme for provision of Laptops to talented students, the Minister said Rs. 30 billion would be spend on the pro More details