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PM Laptop scheme: HEC to distribute 200,000 laptops among students

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ISLAMABAD: The Higher Education Commission (HEC) will distribute as many as 200000 laptops under Prime Minister’s laptop schemes in phase IV and V among the students of different universities of the country.

HEC official directed the students to apply for the laptop before the September 30. The first phase of the PM laptop schemes was started in 2013-14 and it was decided to distribute 100000 laptops in each fiscal year since it was the last year of the government due to which the government decided to distribute the remaining 200000 laptop in the current year.

The Laptop scheme was initiated by former PM Nawaz Sharif with the aim to provide some assistance to the students who were taking good marks and it will assist them in pursuing their studies.


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“Accountability March” from Lahore to Islamabad on Sept 12: Sirajul Haq

ISLAMABAD (INP): Ameer, Jamaat e Islami, Pakistan, Senator Sirajul Haq, has announced an “Accountability March” from the Punjab capital to Islamabad on September 12 to underline the need for an across the board accountability involving all segments of the society.

Addressing a press conference here on Monday, he said that the “40 thieves had ganged up to continue their loot and plunder and the Ali Baba must wake up to check the loot”.

He said a consultative meeting of the lawyers would be held on August 23 in Lahore to consider filing an appeal before the Supreme Court for the trial of all those named in the Panama leaks.

On the occasion, Sirajul Haq also called for making public the reports of the Dawn leaks, the volume ten of the JIT against the Sharif family besides the report of the Model Town killings.

The JI chief said that instead of accepting the court verdict, Nawaz Sharif started a campaign at the G.T. Road and decided not appear before the NAB courts. He however said that if the courts were soft to the elite and hard for the poor, there could be a civil war in the country.

Sirajul Haq said the PML(N) was terming articles 62 and 63 of the constitution as encroachments and Prime Minister Shahid Khaqan Abbasi was consulting different political parties for their deletion.

He said that the members of the parliament and assemblies were expected to be Sadiq and Ameen as they were the custodian of the public property. He said that any attempt to drop these articles would be resisted with full force. He said the non appearance of Nawaz Sharif and his family before he NAB courts proved that the allegations against them were true.

He further said that the ousted Prime Minister could not escape from accountability even by leaving the country. Sirajul Haq reiterated that the NAB Chairman should be appointed by the Chief Justice of the Supreme Court in consultation with the Chief Justices of the provinces.



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Govt fails to provide relief to masses in four years : Sherry Rehman

ISLAMABAD (INP): Vice President Pakistan Peoples Party Parliamentarians (PPPP) Senator Sherry Rehman regretted that the government has no intention of giving relief or paying attention to the real issues of the people of country, including loadshedding, water security or the entitlement to food.

Addressing a Senate Motion on Food & Security here on Monday, she informed the House that six out of 10 citizens in Pakistan were food insecure and almost 50% women and specifically children under five were malnourished. It was also shocking to witness that an estimated 50% of the population was without access to clean drinking water. The Federal government is either unaware of the facts or is criminally negligent, she added.

She said, “The government has clearly other priorities as it has failed to keep the promises it made in 2013 to light up Pakistan, let alone feed Pakistan.”

The PPPP Senator said it was shocking that no funds have so far been released for the all-important ‘Energy for All’ and ‘Clean Drinking Water for All’ initiatives. Instead of working towards securing energy, food and water projects, the government has disbursed all the funds earmarked for parliamentarians’ development schemes.

She alleged, “Government’s priorities are clearly another kind of politics from the kind we need or believe in. It is indeed tragic that we left a wheat secure country in 2013, and that too has been allowed to slide.”

“Since 2013, the citizens of Pakistan have been deprived of almost every basic necessity, as the government has done nothing but deceived our nation with false promises,” said Sherry Rehman.

She said that it was shocking and shameful that this government after four years of full powers, does not have a consistent and coherent food, water of energy security policy framework, nor does it seem to be bothered by our nation’s slide into mass poverty. If we see the performance of this government since the last 4 years, it has done little or nothing to invest in development projects which directly benefit the poor and the vulnerable, she added.

“There is only one conclusion that can be drawn from looking at all this inaction and hierarchy of priorities taken by the government that it has no interest in ensuring our fundamental entitlements. Pakistan deserves better than this”, concluded the PPP Senator.

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Pakistan hosting largest number of refugees: UNHCR

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ISLAMABAD: The United Nations High Commission for Refugees (UNHCR) has declared Pakistan as the largest country for giving shelter to refugees in the world and most of them refugees were belonging to Afghanistan.

As per the UNHCR report, Pakistan hosting the largest number of refugees in the country and as many as 1.45 million were hailing from Afghanistan. Report added that Pakistan unconditionally hosted the millions of refugees and provides best possible facilities to these affected people of different countries especially Afghanistan citizens when the war on the peak in its country and still 1.45 million are living in Pakistan. Pakistan continued hosted Afghan refugees for more than three decades, it added.

Similarly, the voluntary repatriation of Afghan refugees from Pakistan to their own country was also the largest in the world, report stated.

Since March 2002, UNHCR has facilitated the return of approximately 4.1 million registered Afghans from Pakistan, it added.

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President NBP appears before NAB

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LAHORE: President National Bank of Pakistan, Saeed Ahmed appeared before the National Accountability Bureau (NAB) office on Monday as he was summoned to records his statement in the Sharif family case of London flats.

The NAB has filed several references against the Nawaz Sharif, his family Ihsaq Dar and others on the directives of Supreme Court after the verdict of Panama case on 28 July.

Dar have been summoned by NAB on Tuesday (tomorrow) and Javed Kiani, a close associate of the Sharif family, was also called.

However, members of the Sharif family failed to appear before the court as they were summoned and six members team of NAB was waiting to question in London property case against them.


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Nawaz is fine, not going anywhere: Saad Rafique

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LAHORE: Federal Minister for Railways Khawaja Saad Rafique has rejected all the speculations that ousted Prime Minister Nawaz Sharif is leaving the country to UK for medical checkup.

Saad said to media persons Nawaz Sharif is fine and fresh and he not going anywhere and rejected all the news regarding travelling abroad and termed it baseless.

He added that PML-N will go to court against ECP for stopping them from political campaign in NA-120 which is a right of their party.

Regarding the Chaudhry Nisar Press Conference, he said that he (Nisar) didn’t make any hype in his press conference. Raiwind is the center of PML-N politics and workers will come there to meet their leader and to get guidance from them.

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PTI to hold rally in Sukkur on August 25

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ISLAMABAD: Pakistan Tehreek-i-Insaf (PTI) will organize a rally in Sukkur on August 25 as the Party chief Imran Khan decided to start public meeting and show power in Sindh. The decision was made after the PPP Chairam Bilawal held a huge public gathering at Mansehra district of Khyber Pakhtunkhwa.

Chief of Awami Muslim League (AML),Sheikh Rasheed will accompany Khan to Sindh in the rally.

As per the sources, PTI is planning more rallies in Sindh Province to improve its presence and some more names of politics are likely to join PTI including Deedar Khan Jatoi, Tahir Shah, Niaz Hussain Khoso and Abdul Majeed had recently convened meetings with Khan in Bani Gala.

PTI Leaders told that the Bilawal address in Mansehra will be countered in a rally which will be held at Sukkur on August 25 and party will present a complete charge sheet against PPP leadership.

Bilawal is on the visit on Khyber Pakhtunkhwa and has recently addressed in Mansehra and Kaghan along with opposition leader in National Assembly (NA) Khurshid Shah, former envoy to the United States (US) Sherry Rehman and other PPP leaders and criticized the PTI government for failing in delivering in the better interest of the masses.




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Kidnapped policemen recovered from Rajanpur

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DERA GHAZI KHAN: Seven abducted policemen were recovered in search operation conducted in early hours of the Monday which were kidnapped from the Rajanpur district yesterday.

After the kidnapping incident police launched an operation and kidnapped police officials were recovered after a heavy gun battle between the criminals and police. However the kidnappers managed to escape from the crime scene.

The recovered seven abducted policemen were identified as Luqman, Zeeshan, Sabir, Shakir, Jamshed, Safdar and Muzammil, were kidnapped on Sunday when they were on their way to Nabi Shah on a boat.  They were allegedly kidnapped by a total of 15 dacoits.

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Kissan Package to bring revolution in agriculture sector claims Shahbaz Sharif

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LAHORE: Chief Minister of Punjab Shahbaz Sharif has said poverty and unemployment can be defeated through developing our agriculture and livestock sector as it was the backbone of the national economy.

CM added that billions rupees Kissan package was announced for the development of agriculture and welfare of the farmers of the country and the incumbent government is committed to solve the problems of the farmers and give them their due rights.

Shahbaz said this while talking to elected members delegations belonging to different districts. PML-N government has taken several steps for the development of the agriculture especially to increase the per acre production with the aim to improve the condition of the small farmers.

CM Punjab added that billions of rupees have been allocated for the development of the small farmers and makes them self reliance in future. The Kissan package will provide interest free loans to small farmers and that will be for the first time in history of Pakistan that any government took initiative for the development of small farmers, Shahbaz added.

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One killed, six injured as children mistake bomb for toy in Peshawar

PESHAWAR (Monitoring Desk): A child was killed while six others were severely injured after an explosive device they were playing with went off in Pishtakhara area on the outskirts of Peshawar on Sunday.

Zubair, 10, was killed in the accident while the injured include Aqil, 17, Azeem, 14, Samiullah, 12, Junaid 12, Ismail and Rahil who were both eight.

Pishtakhara ASP Shoaib told the media that the children found the device in the fields and began playing with it.

Subsequently, they gathered stones and pounded the explosive causing it to go off.

The victims were rushed to Khyber Teaching Hospital where the condition of the injured is said to be stable. Zubair’s body was later handed over to his family.

Shoaib added that they could not yet ascertain if the device was a mortar shell or something else.

“The explosive has been sent to the laboratory for a forensic report and it will come back on Monday,” he said.

Local police, however, believe that the children found an old shell that had been left in the fields and began playing with it, causing an explosion.