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We must ensure respect of the ballot: Marriyum

F.P. Report

ISLAMABAD:  Minister of State for Information and Broadcasting Marriyum Aurangzeb has said that we needs to respect the people votes and if the people votes would continue disrespected than development in Pakistan is impossible.

She said this while addressing to a ceremony in Islamabad. She added that the dream of development would not be achieved if the disrespect of votes continues in the country.

She appreciated the role of media for the strengthening the democracy and in the war against terrorism.

World XI tour to Pakistan and revival of International cricket in Pakistan was made possible because of matchless sacrifices of our soldiers, she added

Pakistan’s first film and broadcast policy will be announced in October, she informed.


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Khursheed Shah to give new name for Chairman NAB to govt

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ISLAMABAD:  Opposition Leader in National Assembly, Syed Khursheed Shah has said that the current Chairman of National Accountability Bureaue (NAB) is controversial from day one and he assured to give a new name for the important post to the government.

Shah said this on Thursday and adding that he also contacted Pakistan Tehreek-e-Insaf (PTI) and Muttahida Qaumi Movement-Pakistan (MQM-P) and consultation are underway to bring new name for chairman NAB.

Shah added that a meeting with PM Abbasi was also held on this issue and he discussed the appointment of Chairman NAB with him.

The new name for the Chairman NAB post should be cleaned from politics and no one has objection on him, Shah added.


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PM Abbasi to inaugurate Kachhi canal project in Dera Dugti

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DERA BUGTI: Prime Minister Shahid Khaqan Abbasi will reach to Sui area in Dera Bugti of Balochistan to inaugurate Kachhi canal project today (Thursday).

The PM will also address the gathering at the inauguration ceremony, Chief Minister Balochistan Nawab Sanaullah Zehri, Home Minister Balochistan Mir Sarfaraz Bugti and other leaders will also address the gathering.

On the visit of PM Abbasi holiday was announced in the district of Dera Bugti today.

Kachhi canal project is of great importance for the development of water infrastructure and irrigated agriculture in Balochistan. The total estimated cost of the project is around Rs80 billion. The 363km long main canal (of which 351km is lined canal) takes off from Taunsa Barrage in Muzaffargarh district and comes to an end at Dera Bugti district.


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PTI wants to replace opposition leader in National Assembly

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ISLAMABAD: Pakistan Tehreek-e-Insaf started its efforts to emerge his own Shah Mehmood Qureshi as opposition leader in National Assembly and replacing the incumbent, PPP Syed Khursheed Shah.

Sources told that PTI wants to bring his own leader as opposition leader before the caretaker government came in before the general election next year and also starting contacts with MQM-P in this regard.

PTI also started approaching different political parties and demanding their support in replacing the Khursheed Shah with PTI’s Shah Mehmood Qureshi as opposition leader in the national assembly.

The PTI in its message said that if all the opposition parties unite against the Pakistan People’s Party then a new opposition leader can emerge.

It is pertinent to mention that in the National Assembly, MQM-P has 22 seats while the PTI holds 27 seats.


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Govt reconsidering relations with US says Khurram Dastagir

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ISLAMABAD: Defence Minister Khurram Dastgir Khan has said it is not responsibility of Pakistan to satisfying United States about its concern.

This he said while talking to media persons at defence ministry. Dastagir said that Pakistan will give its point of view with logically and evidence, however it’s not our responsibility for us to satisfy them.

Pakistan is reconsidering its relation with the US and reassessing its ties with the America and on the same time also started negotiation with regional countries ahead of talks with US on future bilateral relations.


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25 burnt to death at Kuala Lumpur school: officials

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KUALA LUMPUR: As many as 25 persons were died and mostly of them were students when a fire erupted in a religious school in capital of Malaysia on Thursday morning.

The fire erupted in Tahfiz Darul Quran Ittifaqiyah a religious school located in a Datuk Keramat area of Malaysian capital Kuala Lumpur in the morning, the rescue department confirmed that 23 students and two wardens were among dead persons and adding that they could have died due to smoke inhalation or trapped in the fire, officials told media.

A fire department official at the scene said that the fire erupted in bedrooms before dawn, and firefighters from a nearby station were on the scene within minutes. On the other hand the bodies have been moved to a nearby hospital, officials said.


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Four persons died in road accident

F.P. Report

CHAKWAL: As many as four persons were died in a road accident near Kallar Kahar on motorway in the early hours of Thursday.

The Motorway police told media persons that breaks of the vehicles were failed due to which it was out of control and overturned and it was took place in the salt range area which is infamous for road accidents due to sharp turns and slopes.

Earlier this week on Tuesday, 14 people were died in a collision between two vehicles near chakri on motorway.


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Military solution will further complicate Afghan issue says Khawaja Asif

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ISLAMABAD: Foreign Minister Khawaja Muhammad Asif has said Pakistan strongly believes that using military as solution in Afghanistan it will further complicate the Afghan conflict.

This he said while talking to local news channel after his return from Turkey. Pakistan decided to contact the regional countries after the US President Donald Trump announced his anti-Pakistan policy for South Asia and also leveled baseless allegations against Pakistan.

Khawaja Asif said that all the three regional states which he visited including China, Iran and Turkey, they fully acknowledged Pakistan’s sacrifices in the war against terrorism.

Solving the Afghan conflict dialogue is the best possible solution and asked the countries affected by Afghanistan situation to come forward and find solution of the conflict, he added.

Regarding the Indian role in Afghanistan, Foreign Minister that India will not have a political role in Afghanistan and they will only be restricted to the economic sector as US has clarified that New Delhi does not have a political role in Afghanistan.


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Shoaib Malik becomes Pakistan’s highest T20 scorer

LAHORE (APP): Pakistan’s energetic all-rounder Shoaib Malik on Wednesday became the country’s leading scorer in T20I, surpassing team-mate Umar Akmal.

Malik scored 39 off 23 deliveries, smashing three sixes and one boundary in the second T20I against the ICC World XI at Lahore’s Ghadaffi Stadium.

With Wednesday innings, which were Malik’s 82nd, his total runs tally in international T20s raised to 1702 runs, 12 more than Umar Akmal.

Malik is also the only Pakistani to score 7,000 runs in official T20 matches. With 7069 runs in T20 cricket, Shoaib Malik is at seventh place in the list of all time top scorers in the shortest format of the game.

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Jamiat Ulema-e-Pakistan pledges support to Kulsoom Nawaz

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LAHORE: Jamiat Ulema-e-Pakistan on Wednesday (September 13) has pledged support to Pakistan Muslim League-Nawaz for NA-120 by-polls that are scheduled for September 17.

Maryam Nawaz convened a meeting with Jamiat Ulema-e-Pakistan chief Ijaz Hashmi in Garden Town today after which the two leaders addressed a joint press conference.

During the media talk, Hashmi announced to support Kulsoom Nawaz in the election that is to be held after Nawaz Sharif was ousted as the premier of Pakistan in July.

He said that government’s efforts for progress of the country are being hindered by the opposition and that it would be clear after the election that who the people want as their leader.

However, he criticised the election commission for barring lawmakers from taking part in the electioneering.

Hashmi further said that there are limits to punishments for heinous crimes but how come there is no defined limit of ineligibility. He held the parliament among other stakeholders responsible for the issue.

On the occasion, Maryam Nawaz thanked the party for pledging its support. She claimed that she was not using government’s resources for electioneering in NA-120 and allegations leveled by the opposition were baseless.

Daughter of the disqualified premier said that the people of the constituency are running campaigns for Kulsoom Nawaz.