Archive for December 2018

School reopens in Helmand’s Baghran after 30 years

 LASHKARGAH (Pajhwok): A school in the Baghran district of southern Helmand province has been reactivated after 30 years, at a time when the Taliban are in control of the district. Deshu and Baghran are two districts which have been under the Taliban control for the past 15 years and the government has never captured them.…

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Adela Raz becomes Afghanistan’s first female envoy to UN

KABUL (Web Desk): Adela Raz, Deputy Foreign Minister, has been appointed Afghanistan’s permanent representative to the United Nations, the first women to be given the most prestigious position in the Afghan diplomatic service since the collapse of the Taliban regime in 2001. She will soon replace Ambassador Mahmood Saikhal. He represented Afghanistan in the United…

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Parliament passes Afs 399bn national budget

KABUL (Web Desk): Parliament on Monday passed the Afs 399 billion national budget for FY 2019-2020with a majority of votes, with a major focus on security, infrastructure and governance. The budget was passed following the proposal mooted in the House by the Finance Ministry for parliamentary approval of appropriation of fund for meeting necessary development…

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Peace negotiator, 5 of his kin, killed in air strike

KABUL (Web Desk): An air strike in volatile Paktia province has reportedly killed a prominent member of the High Peace Council(HPC) and five of his family members in Zurmat district, officials said on Monday, the latest casualties from a surge in air operations into Taliban hideouts amid painstaking efforts to galvanize peace negotiations. A tribal…

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Govt distributes relief aid to conflict victims

KABUL (Web Desk): State Ministry for Disaster Management has distributed food items and cash to more than 1,250 needy families in Faryab and Ghor provinces. Ghor Provincial Disaster Management in cooperation with World Food Program (WFP) has distributed money to 1,200 needy families affected from unnatural disasters in Ghor province, the authority said in a…

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DG ISPR terms 2019 ‘year of progress’

F.P. Report RAWALPINDI: Director General (DG) of Inter-Services Public Relations (ISPR) Major General Asif Ghafoor on Monday termed 2019 a “year of progress”, in pursuit for a peaceful, prosperous and vibrant Pakistan. “In our national pursuit for a peaceful, prosperous and vibrant Pakistan, 2019 is year of progress,” Maj Gen Ghafoor said on Twitter. He…

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Shireen Mazari, Maleeha Lodhi discuss human rights, gender empowerment issues

F.P. Report ISLAMABAD: Federal Minister for Human Rights Shireen Mazari and Pakistan’s Ambassador to the United Nations Maliha Lodhi on Monday discussed human rights and gender empowerment issues in Pakistan. “Pakistan is moving forward on its human rights and gender empowerment commitments and we need to send this message across the globe,” Dr Shireen Mazari…

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Rangers nab 17 suspects in Karachi raids

F.P. Report KARACHI: The spokesperson of Sindh Rangers on Monday said the law enforcers apprehended 17 suspects during raids in different areas of Karachi. He said weapons and drugs were recovered from the suspects. “The criminals were involved in extortion, murder, robbery and drug-peddling,” he said. The spokesman said the raids were conducted in Kalakot,…

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References filed against four ex-prime ministers in 2018: NAB report

F.P. Report ISLAMABAD: The National Accountability Bureau (NAB) has filed 50 references including against four former prime ministers during 2018. This has been reported in the yearly performance report of the anti-graft watchdog’s Rawalpindi office. “Total 50 references were filed including against four former PMs — Nawaz Sharif, Raja Pervaiz Ashraf, Yousaf Raza Gillani and…

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CM Punjab directs to ensure law, order on new year’s eve

F.P. Report LAHORE: Punjab Chief Minister Sardar Usman Buzdar has directed the authorities concerned to take best security arrangements to maintain law and order situation in the province in the wake of new year celebrations. While issuing directions to the Provincial Cabinet Committee on Law and Order, he said implementation of law should be ensured…

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