Islamabad: Prime Minister Nawaz Sharif visited Pakistan Tehreek-e-Insaf (PTI) Chairman Imran Khan’s residence in Islamabad on Wednesday and discussed issues pertaining to peace talks with the Taliban.
The federal minister for interior Chaudhry Nisar Ali khan, the prime minister’s special assistant on national affairs Irfan Siddiqui and political secretary Asif Kirmani were accompanied the prime minister in the meeting.
On the other hand, Shah Mehmood Qureshi, Javed Hashmi, Shereen Mazari and Jahangir Tareen were present in the meeting to assist Imran Khan.
The sources said that the prime minister took Imran Khan into confidence about the next strategy on talks with the Taliban both leaders also discussed affairs of national importance.
They also discussed matters of formation of new committee for dialogue with Taliban.
The informal meeting was to exchange ideas on how to expedite the More details
ISLAMABAD: The federal government today named a new committee to open direct talks with Taliban in a bid to end a decade-long insurgency in the country.
Interior Minister Chaudhry Nisar told newsmen a new committee has been formed to resume dialogue process with Taliban.
The committee comprises Prime Minister’s Additional Secretary Fawad Hasan Fawad, Rustam Shah Mohmand, Secretary Port and Shipping Habibullah Khattak and Additional Secretary FATA Arbab Arif.
Khattak has been appointed head of the government’s committee.
Mohmand was also the member of a previous committee, which was headed by PM's political adviser Irfan Siddiqui. More details
KARACHI: The Sindh government on Wednesday issued red alert in eight districts of the province, fearing drough-like sitaution to surface there.
According to media reports, Rehabilitation Secretary Roshan Ali Sheikh said that government had alerted all officials to ready to cope with any untoward incident, if arises.
The eight districts where red alert is issued include Sanghar, Khairpur, Thatta, Nawabshah, Sajawal, Sukkur and Umerkot.
Roshan said leaves of Agriculture and Wildlife department employees had also been called off, in view of the current situation. More details
ISLAMABAD: Sub committee of Public Accounts Committee (PAC) has opposed the privatization of state owned fertilizer entity by the government and directed that this entity be not privatized.
Sub committee met under its chairman Sardar Ashiq Gopang here Wednesday in parliament house to review audit objections in respect of accounts of ministry of industries and production for the year 2007-8.
Additional secretary Khizar Hayat while giving briefing to the committee said corruption in respect of fertilizer is enormous in the state owned institutions. Privatization of the institution is only solution to eliminate corruption.
Ashiq Gopang said that the state run fertilizer entity be not privatized.
It was told in the meeting that goods worth Rs 2.5 billion were purchased for utility stores against rules and regulations in 2007 while the employees of utility stores are facing char More details
KARACHI: Opposition parties have submitted a joint requisition for convening Sindh Assembly session over the drought in Tharparkar.
The requisition signed by the members of Muttahida Qaumi Movement (MQM), Muslim League-Functional (PML-F) and Pakistan Tehreek e Insaf (PTI), has been submitted at Sindh Assembly Secretariat.
While calling the session of the provincial legislature, the opposition parties have demanded from the government to unveil the people responsible for the drought in Tharparkar, which claimed several lives in desert region.
A meeting of MQM parliamentary party chaired by Syed Sardar Ahmed considering the situation in Thar and the party's strategy over the issue. More details
KARACHI: Dollar has further depreciated against Pakistani rupee and now it values 97.90 rupees in the interbank market on Wednesday.
Several prudent measures by the government including ban on import of gold and investment flows have helped strengthen the rupee.
According to State Bank of Pakistan‚ the country received foreign direct investment of 523 million dollars in the first seven months of current fiscal year with 106.9 million dollars in the month of January alone.
In addition‚ the expected receipt of 550 million dollars from the International Monetary fund along with the proposed launch of Eurobonds next month has also led to positivity in the foreign exchange market.
Earlier‚ the rupee gone up sharply against dollar which declined to 99.90 rupees in the inter-bank market on Tuesday (March 11).
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ISLAMABAD: Former president Pervez Musharraf’s counsel Rana Ijaz advocate was stopped by the security personnel from entering into the special court hearing the high treason case on Wednesday here.
Talking to media outside the special court here, Rana Ijaz said that he has been told to tender apology for his attitude and on refusal his entry into the court has been banned
He said he was the lawyer of Pervez Musharraf and he was being prevented from defending his client.
Rana Ijaz was yesterday asked by the special court Justice Faisal Arab to get out of the courtroom, following his misdemeanor during the hearing. More details
KARACHI: At least 11 people, two women and a child among them, were killed and more than 25 others injured in bomb attacks and exchange of fire between two rival gangs in a crowded market of Karachi.
Miscreants hurled around 8-10 grenades hand grenades in Lyari’s Jhat Pat market where people were busy in shopping.
The dead and the injured were taken to the nearby hospital while the death toll is feared to rise. The blasts left many people, including women and school-going children, injured. Of them, two woman and a child died on way to hospital, police and rescue officials said
Officials said the firing and grenade attacks were result of clashes between two rival gangs of Lyari, a hub of criminal activities and gangsters. Sheraz Zakri, brother of a gang war member Commander Ghaffar Zakri, was killed in the area in exchange of fire with Rangers last night.
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Karachi: Two women and a kid among four killed in a bomb blast in Jhat Pat market of Karachi’s Liyari area on Wednesday, officials said.
According to police, four explosions were heard after a huge blast.
More than 20 people also wounded in Wednesday blast.
Rescue teams rushed to the scene and wounded were taken to Civil hospital by the rescue personnel.
Police cordoned off the area and started collecting evidences form the blast site. More details
FAISALABAD: Prime Minister Nawaz Sharif is likely to visit Faisalabad next week to attend a marriage ceremony and PM business loan scheme.
In this regard, all preparations have been made for the arrival of Prime Minister in Faisalabad.
According to sources, Nawaz Sharif is going to participate in the marriage ceremony of ex MNA Chaudhry Sher Ali’s grand daughter.
The PM is also expected to participate in the PM Business loan scheme. More details
LAHORE: Punjab Law Minister Rana Sanaullah on Wednesday asked Sheikh Rashid Ahmed to resign from his National Assembly seat, in pursuance of his claim regarding dollar depreciation.
Awami Muslim League chief Sheikh Rasheed Ahmed had stated that he would resign from his NA seat, if dollar was dropped down to Rs98 mark. Sanaullah said Rashid should now hold on his promise and resign accordingly.
Regarding protest of lady health workers, the minister said some of the demands of protesting nurses require legislation, while other demands had already been met.
To a question regarding local government elections, Sanaullah said Election Commission of Pakistan will require a period of eight to 10 months for carrying out delimitations. “LG elections can also be conducted earlier if delimitations made by the Punjab government are accepted,” added the minister. More details