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  • PM summons meeting to discuss national security

    Dated: 2014-04-17

    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.

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  • TTP announces not to extend ceasefire

    Dated: 2014-04-17

    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.

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  • Will stand by Nawaz govt if democracy faces hard time: PPP

    Dated: 2014-04-17

    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

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  • Country’s defence govt’s top priority: Dar

    Dated: 2014-04-17

    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.

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  • Venue for next round of talks to be decided soon: Sami

    Dated: 2014-04-17

    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.

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  • Qadri refers May 11 as beginning of revolution

    Dated: 2014-04-17

    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.

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  • PPP asks Senator Faisal Raza Abidi to resign

    Dated: 2014-04-17

    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.

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  • India frees 21 Pakistani prisoners

    Dated: 2014-04-17

    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.

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  • PM’s Tehran visit to give fillip to Pak-Iran ties: Aizaz

    Dated: 2014-04-17

    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.

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  • Govt prepares plan to overcome energy crisis, Senate told

    Dated: 2014-04-17

    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

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  • SARGODHA: Sewerage water accumulated in Railway Colony, needs attention of the concerned authorities.
  • KARACHI: Stock brokers are busy in trading during the ascending trend at Karachi Stock Exchange.
  • KARACHI: Stock brokers are busy in trading during the ascending trend at Karachi Stock Exchange.
  • KARACHI: Students enjoying themselves during a fundraising event organized by Patient Welfare Association at Civil Hospital.
  • KARACHI: Students enjoying themselves during a fundraising event organized by Patient Welfare Association at Civil Hospital.
  • ISLAMABAD: Former President Asif Ali Zardari called on Prime Minister Nawaz Sharif at PM House.
  • ISLAMABAD: Former President Asif Ali Zardari called on Prime Minister Nawaz Sharif at PM House.
  • MULTAN: Ambassador of Argentine Rodolfo Martin Saravia addressing the members of Multan Chamber of Commerce & Industry, in Multan.
  • MULTAN: Ambassador of Argentine Rodolfo Martin Saravia posing for a group photo with the representatives of Multan Chamber of Commerce & Industry, in Multan.
  • KARACHI: Recently constructed road is being dug up for repairing a sewerage line near Ayesha Manzil, Shahrah-e-Pakistan.
  • KARACHI: Motorists facing hardships due to vehicles parked on the road in Liaqatabad Area.
  • KARACHI: Sewerage pipes are lying on the road in Water Pump Area, which may cause any accident.
  • KARACHI: People facing hardships due the road dug up for laying a sewerage line in Kareemabad Area.
  • KARACHI: A man riding a horse at Sea View, in Karachi.
  • LAHORE: Pakistani fishermen released from Indian Jails, arrive at Wagah Border.
  • LAHORE: Pakistani fishermen released from Indian Jails, waiting for clearance upon arrival at Wagah Border.
  • LAHORE: Pakistani fishermen released from Indian Jails, perform Sajda upon arrival at Wagah Border.
  • ABBOTTABAD: A man taking donkey on his work to earn livelihood for his family in Fawara Chowk.
  • ABBOTTABAD: Girls & Teachers of Primary School Baffa, Walking For Enrollment Drive in the Schools.
  • MULTAN: President Multan Chamber of Commerce & Industry Usman Khawaja presenting a shield to Ambassador of Argentine Rodolfo Martin Saravia during his visit to MCCI.
  • RAWALPINDI: Workers are busy in the construction work of Metro Bus Project, in Rawalpindi.
  • RAWALPINDI: Workers are busy in the construction work of Metro Bus Project, in Rawalpindi.
  • LAHORE: Members of Christian community hold a demonstration in support of their demands on Canal Road.
  • LAHORE: Youngsters taking bath in the water of the canal, to beat the heat.
  • KOHAT: People enjoying themselves during Jashn-e-Baharan Festival at Shakardara, Kohat.
  • ISLAMABAD: Visitors taking interest in the handicrafts displayed during Folk Festival at Lok Virsa.
  • ISLAMABAD: Visitors taking interest in the handicrafts displayed during Folk Festival at Lok Virsa.
  • ISLAMABAD: Traditional dancers perform at the Khyber Pakhtunkhwa Pavilion during Folk Festival at Lok Virsa.
  • ISLAMABAD: An aged artisan is busy in her work during Folk Festival at Lok Virsa.
  • ISLAMABAD: Governor Khyber Pakhtunkhwa Sardar Mehtab Ahmad Khan Abbasi called on President Mamnoon Hussain at President House.
  • DERAALLAHYAR: Participants for the vacancies in police department, taking part in running test.
  • LAHORE: Pakistani fishermen released from the Indian jails, arrive at Wagah Border.
  • LAHORE: Pakistani fishermen released from the Indian jails, arrive at Wagah Border.
  • LAHORE: Residents of Kamonke hold a demonstration in support of their demands outside Lahore Press Club.
  • MULTAN: Minister of State for Water & Power Chaudhry Abid Sher Ali addressing a press conference at Multan Chamber of Commerce & Industry.
  • MULTAN: People facing hardships due to sewerage water accumulated on Old Khanewal Road.
  • TAANK: Local residents carry out a mock funeral of Minister of State for Water & Power Chaudhry Abid Sher Ali during a demonstration against excessive electricity load shedding in Taank.
  • TAANK: Local residents hold a demonstration against excessive electricity load shedding in Taank.
  • QUETTA: A view of the dust storm received by the provincial capital on Wednesday.
  • QUETTA: Activists of PML (N) Balochistan hold a demonstration in support of their demands on National Highway.
  • BAHAWALPUR: Students of Islamia University Social Work Department hold a demonstration in support of their demands at DCO Chowk.
  • HYDERABAD: Students of Government Girls College Qasimabad perform during farewell ceremony, in Hyderabad.
  • HYDERABAD: Blind sisters Iqra and Mehak hold a protest after they were expelled from Special Education School Latifabad 7.
  • HYDERABAD: Provincial President PPP (SB) Ali Ahmed Phalipoto talking to newsmen after party meeting at party Secretariat.
  • HYDERABAD: Primary Teachers hold a protest in the favor of their demands outside Director Education Office.
  • HYDERABAD: Daily wages laborer waiting for work at Latifabad 7 roundabout.
  • PESHAWAR: Famous Naat Khawan Zulfiqar Ali Hussain speaks during Mehfil-e-Naat at the residence of Syed Muhammad Ameer Shah Gilani, in Peshawar.
  • CHINIOT: Chairman Sunni Ittehad Council Sahibzada Hamad Raza speaks during a press conference in Chiniot.
  • ISLAMABAD: A beautiful view of the PM Secretariat and other buildings on Constitution Avenue.
  • ISLAMABAD: Girls eating traditional Gola in the Punjab Pavilion during Lok Mela at Lok Virsa.
  • ISLAMABAD: Secretary General PML Mushahid Hussain Syed speaks during One Day International Conference on “Prospects of Trilateral Cooperation between Pakistan, Afghanistan & Iran” organized by Center for International Strategic Studies at a local hotel.
  • KARACHI: Captain of Street Children Football Team Sameer Ahmad speaks during a press conference at Karachi Press Club.
  • KARACHI: Provincial Minister Rubina Qaimkhani, Secretary Karachi Press Club Amir Latif and Players of Street Children Football team posing for a group photo at KPC.
  • HYDERABAD: Paramedic staff providing treatment to wounded welfare officer police headquarters Hyderabad Salman Farooqi in Civil Hospital, as he received bullet injuries after firing on his car from unknown culprits at Gul Centre.
  • ISLAMABAD: Players of Inter-Media Cricket Tournament, organized by PTCL in collaboration with National Press Club, pose for a group photo in the capital.
  • ISLAMABAD: Prime Minister Muhammad Nawaz Sharif meeting Governor Khyber Pakhtunkhwa, Sardar Mehtab Ahmed Khan at the PM House.
  • PESHAWAR: Deputy Chief of the Air Staff (Support), Air Marshal Muhammad Jamshed Khan with the prize winners of 33rd CAS Khyber Cup Open Tennis Championship at PAF Base, Peshawar.
  • SIALKOT: Woman taking keen interest in jewelry displayed during exhibition in the city.
  • SIALKOT: Woman taking keen interest in dresses displayed during exhibition in the city.
  • FAISALABAD: Workers of CNG rickshaws owners and other transporters hold a protest rally in support of demands.
  • LAHORE: Palm tree is seen during sunset in the provincial capital.
  • KARACHI: Chairman Pakistan Ulema Council Maulana Tahir Ashrafi addressing during a convention at a local hotel.
  • KARACHI: A large number of hawkers are seen standing alongside road at Preedy Street which is creating traffic mess and inconvenience for pedestrians.
  • GUJRAT: A view of garbage alongside G T Road which is not picked up by the administration despite initiation of Beautiful Gujrat programme.
  • ISLAMABAD: Students and teachers hailing from different areas of Balochistan, pose for a group photo on their arrival at PAF Base Nur Khan on the invitation of Pakistan Air Force.
  • DERABUGTI: Deputy Commissioner Dera Bugti Shahzeb Mandukhel along with Assistant Commissioner Qasim Nadeem Bugti paid a surprise visit to Government High School in Sui to check the availability of basic necessities at the school during which also ordered to take action against 19 teachers who were not present during duty time.
  • DERABUGTI: Deputy Commissioner Dera Bugti Shahzeb Mandukhel along with Assistant Commissioner Qasim Nadeem Bugti paid a surprise visit to Government High School in Sui to check the availability of basic necessities at the school during which he also ordered to take action against 19 teachers who were not present during duty time.
  • KARACHI: A delegation led by leader of Shia Ulema Council Mirza Yousaf Hussain meeting with IG Sindh Iqbal Mehmood to discuss ongoing Shia target killing in Karachi, at Police Head Office. Additional IG Sindh Shahid Hayat is also seen in the picture.
  • KARACHI: Artists perform during stage drama at National Academy of Performance Arts.
  • KARACHI: Artists perform during stage drama at National Academy of Performance Arts.
  • ATTOCK: DSP Hafeez Aulakh and DPO Attock Israr Abbasi are seen discussing the murder of Nasir Farooq, the son of renowned Seth Farooq.
  • ISLAMABAD: Federal Minister for Finance Senator Ishaq Dar addressing a press conference.
  • ISLAMABAD: Minister of the State for Education, Training and Standards in High Education Eng. Muhammad Baligh-ur-Rehman giving a certificate to position holder student of Anwar-e-Madina Model College during 10th annual result ceremony.