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Voters went missing from NA-120 constituency, claims Nawaz

LONDON (Monitoring Desk): Former Prime Minister Nawaz Sharif on Sunday claimed he has received complaints from the NA-120 constituency and alleged that some voters went missing from the constituency in the run-up to the by-polls.

Nawaz’s claim was not echoed by PML-N leaders in Lahore. Railways Minister Khawaja Saad Rafique had called for an extension in polling time citing high security, traffic and Sunday being a holiday as reasons for many people not being able to cast their votes on time.

Responding to a question regarding the election campaign in the constituency, the former prime minister said he was satisfied with the way the Pakistan Muslim League – Nawaz’s (PML-N) election campaign was managed.

“The party ran a very effective campaign in the NA-120 constituency,” Nawaz said while talking to the media in London. “The nation was very receptive [of our campaign] for which I am very grateful.”

Nawaz’ daughter, Maryam Nawaz, handled the NA-120 campaign while her mother and Pakistan Muslim League-Nawaz candidate for the by-poll, Kulsoom Nawaz, undergoes treatment for lymphoma in London.

The former premier is visiting London to meet his wife, Kulsoom Nawaz.

“Kulsoom’s treatment is underway and another surgery is planned in the coming days,” Nawaz said.

In response to a question about his meeting with the Prime Minister Shahid Khaqan Abbasi, Nawaz said the two leaders discussed ‘national and international issues’ in the meeting that took place today in London.  A total of 44 candidates will contested the NA-120 by-poll.

The Election Commission of Pakistan established 220 polling stations and 573 polling booths to facilitate the constituency’s 321,786 registered voters.

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Gwadar port lucrative for Tajikistan’s import, export: Mamnoon

ASHGABAT (APP): President Mamnoon Hussain on Sunday said Pakistan offered excellent opportunities to Tajikistan for its imports and exports through Gwadar port and invited the country to benefit from the trade route of China Pakistan Economic Corridor (CPEC).

The President in a meeting with Tajikistan’s President Emomali Rahmon hoped that the legal process for Tajikistan’s entry into Quadrilateral Traffic-in-Transit Agreement (QTTA) would provide the Central Asian country a legal framework to access Pakistani seaports through CPEC, a press note released by Awan-e-Sadr said.

The QTTA is a transit trade deal between China, Pakistan, Kyrgyzstan and Kazakhstan with a road project under the umbrella of CPEC. The two leaders who met here in the Turkmenistan’s capital on the sidelines of 5th Asian Indoor and Martial Arts Games (AIMAG) discussed cooperation in energy sector, regional connectivity and trade.

President Mamnoon said Pakistan attached great priority to the timely completion of CASA-1000 (Central Asia South Asia) by 2018 and looked forward to importing electricity from Tajikistan. He called for expediting the implementation phase of CASA-1000 and initiating physical work on the flagship project for its timely completion. President Mamnoon Hussain said Pakistan attached great importance to its relations with the Central Asian countries particularly Tajikistan as the two countries enjoyed fraternal ties, shared common goals of peace and prosperity for their peoples and the region as a whole.

He stressed the need to finalize the Bilateral Transit Trade Agreement, which he said would create a win-win situation by creating road links between Pakistan and Tajikistan. President Mamnoon said bilateral trade between Pakistan and Tajikistan was highest among the Central Asian countries and emphasized on tapping its true potential. He mentioned that three Pakistani Trade Exhibitions had been organized in Dushanbe since October 2015 besides holding of two business forums, the latest one in May 2017.

President Mamnoon apprised his Tajik counterpart that Pakistan was holding tenth Edition of Expo Pakistan this November and suggested that Tajikistan could send a trade delegation to Expo Pakistan, to which President Emomali Rahmon agreed to. He said Tajikistan was a gateway to Central Asian countries and emphasized that establishment of air and road links would promote bilateral trade and tourism. He said resumption of direct air link between two countries in May 2016 was a big step forward and stressed the need for resumption of flights by Tajikistan’s Somon Air which had suspended within three months of its launch.

President Emomali said Tajikistan and Pakistan were celebrating 25 years of their diplomatic relations and mentioned that the bilateral accords signed in last four years had enriched the legal framework of relations. He agreed to give directive to his government for resumption of Somon Air flights to Pakistan.

He thanked Pakistan for providing counter-terrorism training to Tajikistan’s defence, security and police officials that helped improve their professional capacity. He said though the trade volume between Pakistan and Tajikistan was highest among all Central Asian states, however emphasized to further boost it.

President Emomali extended an invitation to President Mamnoon to visit Tajikistan in future, which was accepted by him. Minister of State for Petroleum Jam Kamal and Pakistan’s ambassador to Turkmenistan Murad Ashraf Jamal were present in the meeting.

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No political crisis in Pakistan: PM Abbasi

LONDON (APP): Prime Minister Shahid Khaqan Abbasi on Sunday rejected assertion that there is a political crisis in Pakistan saying that conspiracies being hatched against his government will not work.

The Prime Minster is visiting London at the time where he convened a one-on-one meeting with ousted premier Nawaz Sharif.

Shahid Khaqan Abbasi said that conspiracies are hatched all along a tenure of a government and there was nothing different in present times.

To a question about NA-120 by-polls, premier Abbasi said that he was in a meeting with Nawaz Sharif and is not informed about it as yet.

However, he said that he would talk about the elections developments soon.

Foreign minister Khawaja Asif, finance minister Ishaq Dar and speaker National Assembly Ayaz Sadiq attended the meeting.

PM Abbasi will be participating in the United Nations General Assembly session on September 18 in the New York City.

The Annual gathering of the 193-member body will give Pakistan an opportunity to engage multilaterally and bilaterally to advance its priorities in diverse areas.

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Motorbike Ambulance service launched in 9 major cities of Punjab

F.P. Report

LAHORE: Punjab Chief Minister Muhammad Shahbaz Sharif says new opportunities and avenues have been opened for investment and entrepreneurship due to enhancement of cooperation between the two countries.

He was talking to Turkish Deputy Prime Minister Rajab Akdghan during meeting in Istanbul.

Shahbaz Sharif said that Punjab government is starting Motorbike Ambulance service in nine cities of the province in collaboration with the Turkish health ministry.

Turkish Deputy Prime Minister said that it is our responsibility to help our brothers in Pakistan in the hour of difficulty. The Chief Minister is now reached Lahore after completing his visit.

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Polio campaign begins in FATA on Monday

PESHAWAR (APP): Three- day anti polio vaccination campaign will start in FATA from September 18 in which 1033182 children below the age of five years will be vaccinated.

Total of 1033182 children below the age of 5 years will be vaccinated by 4279 teams: comprising 3880 mobile teams, 303 fixed teams and 96 transit teams said officials on Sunday.

The anti-polio campaign in some parts of Bara tehsil in Khyber Agency, Miranshah, Mirali and Data Khail tehsils in North Waziristan Agency and Wana, Sararogha, Sarvakai, Makeen, Ladda and Tiyarza tehsils in South Waziristan Agency will be launched on September 25, 2017.

These are the areas where community based vaccination staff is being hired. Newly hired teams will be trained to reach out and vaccinate every child during the campaign.

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US militaristic approach in Afghanistan will not succeed: Asif

NEW YORK (APP): Foreign Minister Khawaja Asif said Trump administration’s militaristic approach in Afghanistan represented a failed policy, and he has called for talks with the Taliban to bring peace to the war-torn country.

Asif, who is heading to New York to participate in the 72nd session of the United Nations General Assembly (UNGA), told The Wall Street Journal in Islamabad that he could not understand how the American military could succeed in Afghanistan now, when it had not during the surge under the Obama administration with a force eight times as large as the one now planned.

The foreign minister instead called for peace talks with the Taliban, which, he said, could be arranged if Washington worked with countries in the region that have influence over the Taliban. “They are pursuing a folly, a strategy that has already failed,” the foreign minister said in an interview with the Journal.

“Force will not solve any problem; it has not solved problems in the past.” Asif said he would tell UN members that “peace should return to this area and force is not the solution.”

Relations turned confrontational after President Donald Trump accused Pakistan in August of providing a haven for terrorists and then threatening to withhold aid if there wasn’t better cooperation.

Trump had said that a political settlement with elements of the Taliban was “perhaps” possible, but only after an effective US military campaign.


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Ghani to meet Trump at UN

Monitoring Desk

KABUL: Afghan president Ashraf Ghani is expected to meet with US President Donald Trump to discuss the implementation of America’s new strategy for Afghanistan.
The Presidential Palace (ARG) on Sunday said that war on terrorism and threats emerging from terror hideouts and safe havens will be key points in President Ashraf Ghani’s address to the 72nd session of the United Nations General Assembly (UNGA) in New York which is set to begin on Tuesday.
According to ARG, the president will also hold talks with US officials on the expansion and continuity of cooperation between Afghanistan and the US with special focus on the issue of peace and security in the country.
Ghani is expected to address the UN General Assembly on Tuesday.
The main points of the president’s speech would be peace, security, war on terrorism and the stance of Afghanistan on the issue of terror hideouts and training camps, deputy presidential spokesman Dawa Khan Menapal said on Sunday.
“At the summit, the president of Afghanistan will discuss with participants the issue of threats emerging from terrorism and the cooperation of regional (countries) and the world in the fight against terrorism,” said Menapal.
But Afghans want the president to take advantage of the opportunity and raise the issue of leaders of terrorist groups operating inside Pakistani territory.
“In the session the Afghan government needs to tell the world about where the terror roots are and where they (insurgents) are being trained and equipped,” said head of Rights and Justice Party Moeen Samkani.
Meanwhile some lawmakers in parliament said the president should also focus on the role of regional nations during the UN summit so as to expand regional cooperation to help restore sustainable peace and security in the country.

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PM Abbasi meets Sharif in London


Monitoring Desk

LONDON  – Prime Minister Shaid Khaqan Abbasi on Sunday met former premier Nawaz Sharif in London.

According to details, Foreign Minister Khawaja Asif, Finance Minister Ishaq Dar and speaker National Assembly Ayaz Sadiq were also present on the occasion.

The meeting is expected to take significant decisions over the current political situation in the country.

The former prime minister is in London these days with his ailing wife Kulsoom Nawaz who was diagnosed with throat cancer last month after which she underwent a surgery. She is also PML-N’s contestant for NA-120 by-election currently underway in Lahore.

It is reported that many other Pakistan Mulsim League-Nawaz (PML-N) members will reach London to meet Nawaz.

After meeting the former prime minister, PM Shahid Khaqan Abbasi will leave for US to address the 72nd United Nations General Assembly session to be held on September 20.

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Three died as oil tanker catches fire in Kot Addu

F.P. Report

MUZAFFARGARH: At least three persons were died when a oil tanker caught fire in Kot Addu area of Muzaffargar district here on Sunday morning.

As per the rescue sources, the fire erupted in the oil tanker when the welding works was continue in the tankers and the fire also destroyed four other shops. The incident was happened near thermal power house.

Rescue officials told that the some of the injured persons were in critical condition and may be the death toll could rise as all the injured were shifted to nearest hospital.

The fire spread rapidly, engulfed the motorcycles, rickshaws present near the scene and shops located in the surroundings.

Fire fighters along with fire tenders rushed the scene and started efforts to extinguish the blaze.


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Imran should respect ECP orders: Khursheed Shah

F.P. Report

SUKKUR: Opposition in National Assembly, Syed Khursheed Shah has said that democratically is the right of MQM and PTI to join hands and bring their own candidate as a opposition leader but they will not be succeeded in their mission.

This he said while talking media persons at his residence at Sukkur. He added it was very pleasing that both the MQM and PTI sideline their differences and join hands against me and bringing their own opposition leader.

Shah advised to Imran Khan to stop blaming others and respect the Election Commission of Pakistan’s order and appear before it and stop behaving like a child of just criticizing others for your own faults.

It was reported that the move for replacing Khursheed Shah and bringing new opposition leader was initiated by MQM after surfacing many differences with the PPP.