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Kashmiris observe Right to Self-Determination Day globally

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ISLAMABAD: Kashmiris are observing Right to Self-Determination Day on Friday (January 5) all over the World, with a promise to continue their struggle of independence till achieving the target of taking independence from the occupied Indian forces.

On January 5, 1949, United Nations Security Council passed a resolution and supported the Kashmiri people right to decide their future through an UN-sponsored referendum but unfortunately the Kashmiris are still waiting of fulfillment of UN promises regarding the Kashmir conflict.

 The January 5 also reminded the long struggle of birth right to decide their future under UN resolution

Spokesperson of Azad Kashmir government told local media that the main function of the day will be held in Muzaffarabad and adding that special and rallies were also held in all nine district of the independent Kashmiri land.

Speakers in these meetings would reiterate Kashmiris’ just and principled stance before the world that they would continue their struggle for right of self-determination till the achievement of the ultimate goal – which was being denied by India for over last 70 years because of its traditional hostile and stubborn attitude.

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Senate elections to be held on time, NA to complete its tenure

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ISLAMABAD: Federal Minister for Climate Change Senator Mushahid Ullah Khan Thursday said that Senate elections would be held as per schedule and National Assembly would also complete its tenure.

Talking to media outside the parliament house, he said that some opposition parties were in collaboration with anti democratic forces wanted to derail democracy as they do not want to see the smiling faces of the peoples.

Mushahid Ullah said that Speaker National Assembly had expressed his own views last night in a TV show. Speaker has the right to express his personal opinion. He said that government was trying to develop consensus on Federal Administrating Tribal Areas (FATA) issue with opposition parties and government will be solved this issue as earlier as possible.

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Mamnoon hails Ummah response on Palestine issue

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ISLAMABAD: President Mamnoon Hussain has said that Islamic Ummah has given a highly effective and appropriate response to the new situation arising in Palestine which would help to resolve the Palestine issue.

The President said this while talking to the outgoing Turkish Ambassador S. Babur Girgin who called on him here at the Aiwan-e-Sadr, Islamabad on Thursday. Senior officials of the Ministry of Foreign Affairs were also present on the occasion.

The President stated that Turkish President Recep Tayyip Erdogan is a great statesman and a visionary leader. President Mamnoon Hussain emphasized that OIC is playing an active role under his leadership.

President Mamnoon Hussain underlined that the stance of President Recep Tayyip Erdogan on the issues faced by Muslim Ummah is very bold/courageous and effective. He highlighted that Pakistan and Turkey have convergence of views regarding the issues of Palestine, Kashmir and Rohingya Muslims. Both brotherly countries are playing an important role for resolutions of these issues through mutual cooperation, he added.

The President said that Turkish ambassador won hearts of the people of Pakistan by his hard work and kind heartedness while Pak-Turkey relations reached new height during his tenure. He also prayed for the prosperity of the outgoing ambassador and asked him to convey his best wishes to President Recep Tayyip Erdogan, Government and the people of Turkey.

On the occasion, the outgoing Turkish ambassador stated that Pakistan is like a second home to him. The People of Pakistan gave him immense love and respect, he added.

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JI sets Dec 31 deadline for FATA, KP Merger

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ISLAMABAD: The Jamaat-e-Islami long March, kicked off from Peshawar, for rights of FATA people has been wrapped up after reaching Islamabad setting the dead line of December 31 for the merger of Federally Administrative Tribal Areas (FATA) with Khyber Pukhtunkhwa (KP) and scrapping of Frontier Crimes Regulations (FCR) laws.

Addressing the protesters at China Chowk, Islamabad, JI Chief Sirajul Haq said that government has intended to create division among the tribal people, however people of tribal areas are united.

Sirajul Haq warned government, “JI would stage sit-in outside the parliament by calling people across the county, if government does not merge FATA with KP.”

The opposition leader in National Assembly Khursheed Shah, who joined the sit-in in Islamabad, also addressed the protesters and reiterated his party’s stance.

Opposition leader in National Assembly said that PPP strongly believesin FATA merger with KP.

The other tribal notables and Jamaat-e-Islami local leadership also demanded the immediate merger of FATA with KP in their speeches on the occasion.

Jamaat-e-Islami (JI) kicked off its long march against the delay in the merger of the Federally Administered Tribal Areas (FATA) with Khyber Pakhtunkhwa from Bab-e-Khyber, a historical monument at the entrance of Khyber pass in Jamrud.

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ANF recovers drugs, chemical

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ISLAMABAD: Anti Narcotics Force Pakistan in 25 counternarcotics operations carried out across the country recovered 181 Kgs drugs amounting to Rs. 221.18 million in international market, while arrested 34 drug offenders and seized 6 vehicles. The recovered drugs comprised 154 Kg Hashish, 3.8 Kg Heroin, 2.5 Kg Opium, 1.64 Kg Methamphetamine, 940 Gram Cocaine, 475 Grams Amphetamine, 160 liters Acetic Anhydride and 36000 Ecstasy Tablets.

RD ANF Quaetta recovered 3 Kg Hashish and arrested an accused, Muhammad Tariq resident of Noshki. He was arrested near Muneer Ahmed Mengal Road near Balochistan University, Quetta.

ANF Rawalpindi recovered 396 Grams Heroin from UK bound parcel being sent through a courier service company based at Attock. Heroin was tactfully concealed in male clothes. In another operation, ANF Rawalpindi arrested Abdullah Jan resident of Swabi at Benazir Bhutto International Airport, Islamabad and recovered 475 Grams Amphetamine which was concealed in his suitcase. He was travelling to Saudi Arabia by Shaheen Airlines Flight No. NL-739. In third operation, ANF Rawalpindi in collaboration with ASF arrested an accused namely Sajjad Ud Din resident of Peshawar and recovered 2.5 Kg Opium concealed in trolley bag. The accused intended to board for Bangkok by Flight No. TG-350.

ANF Lahore recovered 300 Grams Hashish by arresting a local drug peddler identified as Khalid Nawaz resident of Sialkot. He was arrested near Sambrial Dry Port, Sialkot. In another operation, ANF Lahore in pursuance of information intercepted a Honda Civic Car near Motorway Toll Plaza, Sheikhupura and recovered 5 Kg Hashish tactfully concealed in secret cavities of the vehicle. A person on board identified as Noor Ullah Khan resident of Khyber Agency was also arrested during the operation. In third operation, ANF Lahore recovered 1.7 Kg Hashish by arresting two local drug peddlers identified as Muhammad Dilshad and Abdul Jabbar both residents of Multan. They were arrested near main gate, NPB, Agahi Chowk, Multan. In fourth operation, ANF Lahore intercepted a Toyota Hiace near PSO Pump, Al-Ghazi Filling Station, Sakhi Sarwar Road, D.G. Khan and recovered 2 Kg Hashish concealed in secret cavities of the Hiace. A person on board identified as Habib Ullah resident of Quetta was also apprehended during the operation. In fifth operation, ANF Lahore intercepted a Toyota Corolla Car near Tool Plaza Samundari Road Faisalabad and recovered 1.035 Kg Heroin and 200 Gram Hashish which was concealed in secret cavity of the car. Two persons on board identified as Gul Shahbaz and Shahzad Masih both residents of Faisalabad were also apprehended during the operation. In sixth operation ANF Lahore arrested Nigerian Citizen identified as Emma Chima Faisalabd Airport who was coming from  Nigeria to Pakistan by Flight No. FZ-323 and recovered 940 Gram Cocaine. Accused was carrying narcotics filled capsules in his stomach.

ANF Peshawar intercepted a Hiace near Motorway Toll Plaza, Peshawar and recovered 5.5 Kg Hashish from possession of two accused namely Javaid Shah resident of Khyber Agency and Lukman Khan resident of Peshawar. In another operation, ANF Peshawar recovered 160 liters Acetic Anhydride from a Heno Truck intercepted near Old Toll Plaza, Karak. Acetic Anhydride was concealed in hood of the said truck. Two persons on board identified as Wali Rehman resident of Peshawar and Abdul Jalil resident of Khyber Agency were also apprehended during the operation. In third operation, ANF Peshawar intercepted a Motorcycle near University Road, Khyber Teaching Hospital, Peshawar and recovered 20 Grams Heroin from personal possession of accused identified as Zeshan Ahmed and Nazer Ali both resident of Peshawar. They were involved in supply of drugs to the students of educational Institutions. In fourth operation, ANF Peshawar recovered 250 Grams Heroin from personal possession of an accused namely Muhammad Ali resident of Khyber Agency, travelling in a Van near Motorway Toll Plaza, Peshawar. In fifth operation, ANF Peshawar arrested an accused namely Muhammad Iftikhar resident of Gujranwala travelling in a Bus near Motorway Toll Plaza, Peshawar and recovered 520 Grams Heroin. In sixth operation, ANF Peshawar recovered 890 Grams Hashish by arresting a local drug peddlers identified as Sajid Ullah resident of Peshawar.

He was arrested near Motorway Toll Plaza, Peshawar while he travelling in a Coaster. In seventh operation ANF Peshawar intercepted a Honda Civic Car near General Hospital Ring Road, Peshawar and recovered 36000x Ecstasy Tabs weighing 18.6 Kgs from personal possession of two accused namely Malok resident of Afghanistan and Aurangzeb resident of Peshawar. In eight operation ANF Peshawar Airport Team apprehended Munir Khan resident of Hangu at Peshawar Airport, on suspicion of ingestion of narco filled capsules, admitted in Hospital for deliver of capsules 52x capsules Heroin filled capsules weighing 200 Grams Heroin and 250 Grams Hashish, while he was boarding for Sharjah by Shaheen Airlines flight No. NL-792. In ninth operation ANF Peshawar recovered 2 Kg Hashish from personal possession of the accused namely Muhammad Ilyas resident of Hangu while he was travelling in a Hiace near Motorway Toll Plaza, Peshawar.

ANF Karachi arrested Sulman Khan & Abdul Rehman both resident of Waziristan and Naseem Gull resident of Karachi at Super Market, Sohrab Goth, Karachi and recovered 18 Kg Hashish from the arrested accused. In another operation, ANF Karachi arrested Yousaf Khan resident of Karachi, Qismat Khan and Hassan both residents of Waziristan from Super Market, Sohrab Goth, Karachi and recovered 12 Kg Hashish from their personal possession. In third operation, ANF Karachi recovered 1.05 Kg Hashish by arresting two accused identified as Kamal Jakhro and Jamal Ud Din both resident of Thatha. They were arrested near Railways Phatak, Jamshoro. In fourth operation, ANF Karachi recovered 2 Kg Hashish from personal possession of the accused namely Asghar resident of Shikarpur. He was arrested near Sukkur Bus Stand, Sukkur. In fifth operation, ANF Karachi in collaboration with ASF arrested accused namely Mumtaz resident of Sargodha at Jinnah International Airport, Karachi and recovered 1.640 Kg Methamphetamine concealed in a pot. The accused intended to board for Jeddah by Shaheen Airlines Flight No. NL-751. In sixth operation, ANF Karachi intercepted a truck near Old Toll Plaza, Supper Highway Karachi and recovered 102 Kg Hashish by arresting Qadar Khan resident of Sawabi and Roashan Ali resident of Karachi . Hashish was concealed in spare tyre of the said truck.

All cases have been registered at respective ANF Police Stations under CNS Act 1997 and further investigations are underway.

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Saira vows to achieve health-related goals

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ISLAMABAD: Federal Minister for National Health Services Saira Afzal Tarar said Pakistan is fully committed to achieving the health-related Sustainable Development Goals. Pakistan adopted SDGs in February 2016 through a parliamentary resolution that was passed unanimously. Pakistan’s National Health Vision 2016-2025 is fully aligned and in synchrony with the Sustainable Development Goals. While she said this addressing 8th Annual Public Health Conference in Islamabad.

Minister said that Pakistan is fighting the final battle against Polio after major achievements by our country, winning appreciation of the international community. There has been an increase in coverage of children vaccinated under Expanded Program on Immunization by 15-20 percent. Vaccine Logistics Management Information System VLMIS has been introduced.

The entire supply and storage system has been certified by ISO in accordance with international best practices and appreciated by GAVI as a model to be replicated. We are working to optimize the use of antimicrobial medicines in health sector, agriculture and animal health sector though implementation of a multi-pronged strategy in line with our national AMR policy.

Minister said Pakistan’s Joint External Evaluation of International Health Regulations and Global Health Security Agenda have won appreciation from global health community and are being seen as a model for others to follow. For the first time in Pakistan, we introduced a comprehensive and futuristic Drug Pricing Policy which will eliminate all discretionary powers and also allowing for reduction in drugs prices. Pakistan is fully committed to implement the Framework Convention on Tobacco Control (FCTC) with specific reference to SDGs by taking legislative, administrative and coordination measures to implement FCTC provisions.

She said Achieving universal health coverage ranges high among internationally and nationally agreed objectives. One of the biggest achievements of this government in the realm of universal health coverage and social health protection is by launching the landmark National Health Insurance initiative in 2015 by our leader and former Prime Minister Muhammad Nawaz Sharif. Prime Minister’s National Health Program is a social protection initiative in Pakistanproviding financial protection to families against Out of Pocket Expenditure especially catastrophic health expenditures. A program for the provision of free of cost health insurance to 3.1 million families in 40 districts living below poverty line of US $ 2 per day to access cashless health care services package of 0.3 million rupees per family per year available in both public and private sector through a health card issued by a highly transparent mechanism.

Thousands of poor patients have benefitted from the treatment facilities including deliveries, cardiac surgeries, cancer and other major diseases in the best private and government hospitals in their districts, without spending a single rupee.

After the success of phase 1 the government is going to launch the phase 2 of this program in order to expand this safety net. We are committed to expand this program till every poor citizen of this country is covered under the PMNHP.

Minister said Our Government accords the highest priority to health which is a clear reflection of our political manifesto. In order to be a prosperous and to create a socially equitable future, social health protection and insurance programmes can lead to achieve universal health coverage in near future.  I am thankful to Provincial Health Ministers and Departments for their commitment and all out support to health sector interventions without letting political differences come in the way.

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Mahtab pays surprise visit at ongoing Int’l airport project

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Islamabad: Advisor to Prime Minister on Aviation Sardar Mahtab Ahmad Khan has showed dissatisfaction and consternation over the quality and pace of expansion and renovation at Faisalabad international airport and has strictly directed authorities concerned to complete the project within stipulated time. He said that no delay will be tolerated in this regard.

He expressed these views during his surprise visit while inspecting the progress of expansion and renovation work at Faisalabad International Airport, here in Faisalabad on Tuesday. Member National Assembly Mian Mannan, CAA Director General retired Air Marshal Asim Suleman and other officials were also present on this occasion.

Advisor to Prime Minister on Aviation Sardar Methab Ahmad khan emphasized to speed up the work at Faisalabad airport by making it alike international standards. While talking to the media, Advisor to Prime Minister on Aviation Sardar Mahtab Ahmad Khan expressed that Faisalabad is third-most-populous city in Pakistan, and the second-largest in the eastern province of Punjab. It is hub of industrial and commercial activities. Incumbent government is always striving hard to design solid strategies to promote commercial and economic activities of this city.  He said that currently renovation and expansion of five different national airports is in process which will not only be beneficial in short term but also will be favorable in long term. He added that the expansion of Faisalabad International airport is divided in two parts; 1.3 billion rupees are allocated for first phase, which would be completed in the month of January, 2018, whereas we are focusing to install latest navigation system in 2nd phase of this project. He further added that in order to modernized and upgrade the Faisalabad International Airport as per international standards, induction of latest and modern technology is being ensured to maximize the efficiency and productivity of this Airport.  Its newly constructed and renovated lounge will serve the sitting capacity of 600 passengers at the same time, while expanded airport apron will allow 3 big planes to land and load simultaneously. He further directed to establish the new cargo shipment system at the airport to improve the cargo facilities. He shared with media that two bridges are also being constructed for viable movements of passengers across the airport.

On this occasion, Advisor to Prime Minister on Aviation Sardar Mahtab Ahmad Khandirected the officials to install latest landing lights to cope with smog and fog and to ensure smooth schedule of all flights. He also directed the officials to start daily flights from Faisalabad to Jaddah.

Advisor to Prime Minister on Aviation Sardar Mahtab Ahmad Khan also visited the office of PIA at Faisalabad Airport and instructed to construct a new cutting edge office of PIA and asked to present one feasibility report in this regard.  He further instructed all the officials to facilitate the passengers and to pay attention to cleanliness and level of other facilities. He asserted that he will again visit the Faisalabad airport soon to inspect the pace of work and quality measures.

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Govt fulfills promise as electricity generation: Leghari

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ISLAMABAD: Federal Minister for Power Division Sardar Awais Ahmed Khan Leghari Sunday said that the Pakistan Muslim League-Nawaz (PML-N) government had fulfilled the promise, which it had made to the public four and a half years ago, of producing surplus electricity.

The overall electricity generation at present had gone up to 16,477 megawatt, which was about 2700 megawatt more than the demand, he said while addressing a press conference here.

Awais Leghari said that when the PML-N came into power in 2013, the country was producing only 9,279 megawatt electricity against the demand of 11,800 megawatt, facing average shortfall of 2500 megawatt and almost eight to ten hours load-shedding.

He said maximum number of feeders across the country would be turned to zero load-shedding from December 4.

There would be no load-shedding at 5,297 feeders out of total 8,600. Earlier, the number of feeders, where zero load-shedding was being observed, was only 326.

He said total 15 million meter owners would benefit from zero load-shedding and there would be no discrimination among the provinces or urban areas and rural areas on that count. The feeders with below 10 per cent power theft would benefit from the zero load-shedding while other feeders would be subjected to load-shedding in accordance with the rules made to check power theft, he added. The minister said two-hour load-shedding would be observed at feeders with 10-20 per cent power theft and so on.

The feeders with over 80% theft would be subjected to 16 to 20 hours load-shedding, he added.

He said the government wanted to facilitate the people who were showing responsibility and could not treat equally the feeders with less or low power theft with those having huge power theft.

Giving break-up, the minister said earlier there were just 58 feeders on zero load-shedding with LESCO, which would now be enhanced up to 102. Similarly the zero load-shedding feeders in FESCO would increase to 896 from

20, in IESCO to 710 from 72, in MEPCO to 763 from 54, in Peshawar to 309 from 60, in Hyderabad to 204 from 10, in Sukkar to 24 from 18, in KESCO to 61 from 12 and in tribal areas to 29 from zero.

He said with the passage of time other feeders would also be shifted to zero load-shedding in accordance with the policy.

He congratulated the nation on behalf of Pakistan Muslim League-Nawaz on the achievement of producing more electricity than the demand. Prime Minister Shahid Khaqan Abbasi and Punjab Chief Minister Shehbaz Sharif had made untiring efforts to achieve the objective, he added.

To a question, he said load-shedding would continue in the areas where there were over 80 per cent power thefts.

To another question, the minister said after completion of ongoing power plants, there would be up to 25,000 megawatt on line capacity so when the peak demand in summer would be easily met.

Awais Leghari said the ministry was focusing to enhance the performance of all the DISCOS and expressed the hope that there would be a revolutionary change in power distribution during next couple of months.

He said legislation was being made to overcome the issues of over-billing. After the passage of that particular law by the Senate, the persons involved in over-billing would be punished in accordance with law.

He said there had also been law to check power theft, however, there were problems in their implementation.  The ministry with provincial governments was taking measure to overcome the issue.

He said currently only 2400 megawatt electricity was being produced through furnace oil run plants and within next two years, the production through the use of the particular fuel would be reduced.

He said on the directives of Council of Common Interests,  the ministry had taken put the information regarding power generation and distribution to the provinces online. The citizens could access the information at the website www.pic.com.pk.

 

 

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Nation is determined to eliminate terrorism, says President

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ISLAMABAD: President Mamnoon Hussain on Saturday called upon the intelligentsia of the country to join their heads to build a national counter-terrorism narrative as extremism was a cancer imperiling the national development and stability.

Addressing the annual International Seerat Conference held by Ministry of Religious Affairs and Interfaith Harmony in connection with Eid Milad-un-Nabi (PBUH), the president said the national narrative against terrorism was inevitable to fight the terrorism with unanimity of thought.

The event was attended by the cabinet members, parliamentarians, diplomats, religious scholars, students and people from different walks of life. The president was accompanied by Minister for Religious Affairs Sardar Muhammad Yousuf, State Minister Pir Aminul Hasnaat and Grand Mufti of Kyrgyzstan Maksatbek Azhy Toktomushev.

Started by the spell-binding recitation of Quranic verses by renowned Qari Sadaqat Ali and Naat by Noor Ahmed Jarral, the theme of the conference was the ‘Guiding Principles for the national leadership in the light of the teachings of the Holy Prophet (Peace Be Upon Him)’.

He said as the whole nation was celebrating Eid Milad-un-Nabi (PBUH) on Friday, the terrorists killed the innocent people in Pashawar and questioned as how a person threatening others’ lives and properties could claim to be the follower of the Holy Prophet Muahmmad (PBUH).

The president strongly condemned the incident and sympathized with the bereaved families.

He said the whole nation was determined to eliminate the terrorism from the country and called for national unity to achieve the success.

The president, who earlier distributed prizes among the winning authors of the books on Holy Prophet (PBUH)’s life and teachings and anthology of Naats in both local and foreign languages, congratulated the ministry for holding the event which brought together the religious scholars from various countries to deliberate and present papers on the important subject.

President Mamnoon said it was a day to re-think and reiterate the resolve to act upon the eternal teachings of the Holy Prophet (PBUH) wholeheartedly. He welcomed the religious scholars from Pakistan and abroad participating in the conference and congratulated the prize winning authors and poets.

He said the Holy Prophet (PBUH) was the only personality whose every aspect of life was fully preserved for our guidance in all walks of life.

Therefore, he said it was necessary that every Muslim, particularly those responsible for looking after the affairs of the people, should constantly study the Holy Quran and Sunnah for guidance to face the challenges of the time.

He said as the books encompassing the Seerat-un-Nabi (PBUH) provided the standards for a leadership which also comprised the acute observation of the situation, impartial analysis and perceiving the matters correctly.

President Mamnoon said the world today was entangled in complex problems of various nature, the reasons of which could be found in the approach to life, psychology and historical background of different societies.

He said these were the factors due to which various regions of this world had conflicts and harbor hostility at one or the other level. Our region could not remain uninfluenced from this restlessness, the effects of which can be seen beyond our boundaries as well as within our frontiers, he added.  In such a situation, the president viewed that the mature nations and their leadership determine their way forward by sincerely evaluating the challenges from educational, cultural, societal, political and economic aspects.

He said with the Holy Prophet (PBUH) uprooted many meaningless rituals from society and people were brought together under a system which was according to the true spirit of the religion which strengthened the tradition of goodwill. Acquiring education was made compulsory for every man and woman, collective justice was promoted and discouragement of concentration of wealth resulted in such a wave of prosperity in the tribal society which could still be envied.

The president said these were the revolutionary measures through which the old oppressive system was replaced with a new fair and equitable system. This should be the standard of leadership by adopting which the world can enjoy peace, progress and prosperity even in this age, he advised.

He said it was our foremost responsibility to follow the footsteps of the Holy Prophet (PBUH) and harbor the virtues of love and goodwill for the people by setting aside personal gains, objectives and interests.  Such an approach would lead to improvement and society to ultimately reach the destination of prosperity by rising out of the abyss of ignorance, poverty and destitution.

He said it was imperative for the leader to comprehend the world and society with open heart and mind and leave no stone unturned for development and prosperity of society keeping in view the contemporary. situation.

President Mamnoon said it was leadership’s responsibility to promote healthy trends in the light of highest principles of morality by uprooting the negative tendencies from society.

Earlier, the religious affairs minister presented a souvenir to the president. In his address, Minister Sardar Yousuf highlighted the achievements of his ministry for promotion of Islamic teachings and interfaith harmony in the society including the establishment of recycling plant for soiled Quranic pages, countrywide conferences on interfaith harmony, cell to prohibit the spread of blasphemous content on internet, and setting up of Ulema council on religious harmony. He said the ministry also gave the legal cover to the moon sighting committee, introduced uniformed timings for prayers in Islamabad, ensured transparent and efficient Hajj operation besides regularly updating the ministry’s web and social media pages to inform the public on the issues of their interests.

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Pirzada for healthy activities in schools

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Islamabad: Federal Minister for Inter-Provincial Coordination Mian Riaz Hussain Pirzada has said that schools are nurseries of sports from where the sports are developed at grass root level and eventually the players are groomed and sports flourished.

Riaz Pirzada was addressing as Chief Guest the Annual Sports Day & P.T Display of ST. Helen’s Convent High School, Rawalpindi at Jinnah Stadium, Sports Complex, Islamabad on Saturday.

He said that the government is keen that sports should be promoted in schools and large sporting activities should be organized so that the talented athletes may be hunted and groomed.

We understand that the schools especially private sector schools lack sporting facilities like playing fields, grounds and equipments; however Pakistan Sports Board, Islamabad is making all efforts to provide grounds, playing fields and equipments to to the educational institutions to organize sports competitions. We do not want that students may deprive from the playing facilities, the Federal Minister said.

He said Pakistan Sports Board is always ready to help the educational institutions to organize their sporting activities and sports competitions in Pakistan Sports Complex.

Pakistan Sports Board periodically organizes Inter-Board Sports Tournaments in which handsome cash awards are given to the medal winning students which proves that government is keen to promote sports in educational institutions, he said.

Riaz Pirzada noted that sports activities are not extracurricular activities rather these are co-curricular activities with the objective to achieve educational objectives. Annual Sports should be regular feature of the schools, he added.

At the end, the Federal Minister congratulated and appreciated the School management for organizing this Annual Sports Day in befitting manner.