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Imran Khan terms PML-N’s performance worst than PPP

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ISLAMABAD: Chairman Pakistan Tehreek-e-Insaf’s (PTI), Imran Khan has said that Pakistan Muslim League-Nawaz (PML-N) government destroyed the country economy by taking record loans from the international banks.

ImranKhan said this while talking to media persons on Thursday. He tagged that the PML-N performance worst than previous Zardari led PPP government.

Imran Khan claimed that federal government borrowed loans worth Rs10000 billion in four years and adding that consumers will pay an additional Rs9 on every liter of petrol from now onwards.

PTI Chief said that the burden was shifted on masses because of ineligibility of government and rampant corruption.

Imports had soared to $54 billion while citing concerns over depleting forex reserves and the numbers of tax filers stood at 2.1 million ten years ago, at present, it is roughly 1.25 million, Khan lamented.

Khan also took a jibe at former Finance Minister and held him accountable for the current situation of country’s economy.




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Pervez Musharaf to return next month: PAI

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ISLAMABAD: Secretary General of Pakistan Awami Ittehad (PAI), Iqbal Dar has said that former president Pervez Musharraf will return to Pakistan next month.

Dar said this while addressing to a press conference on Thursday. He said that after the constuation with the party members, later the party will announce the date of Musharaf arrival and the city where Mr Musharraf would land.

He added that we need to support the judiciary and armed forces and adding that political parties should sign an agreement to decide how the country would be run in the future.

He suggested to avoid the confrontation with the institutions and also claimed that some politicians were giving a wrong message and impression about the country by leveling allegations of corruption against each other.

The PAI is a coalition of 23 political and religious parties led by the former president.



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Ali appears before NAB

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LAHORE: The ambassador designate to the United States Ali Jahangir Siddiqui on Thursday appeared before the NAB Lahore to record his statement on embezzlement charges. On March 16, the NAB Lahore office summoned Pakistan’s Ambassador-designate to the US Ali Siddiqui on March 22 over embezzlement charges.

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Hamza stresses joints efforts for prosperity of country

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LAHORE: Central leader Pakistan Muslim League (PML-N) and Member National Assembly (MNA) Hamza Shahbaz has said that all political parties, armed forces and judiciary needed to join hands and make collective efforts for development and prosperity of country.

He was addressing the seminar of Punjab Board of Investment & Trade (PBIT) here at Expo Centre here on Thursday and attended by Chinese Consul General Mr. Long Dingbin, business heads from China, UK, Turkey, Switzerland and Korea. Hamza Shahbaz said that enormous development projects have been launched by the incumbent PML-N government and especially in Punjab a number of steps have been taken to flourish business environment. He said that economy of Punjab is stabilized and its reserves have climbed upto US$150 billion. The PML-N leader said that the government gave top priority to improve power sector and projects likes Sahiwal Coal and Bahawalpur Solar Project has unique examples of upgrading the power sector.

He said that under the leadership of Chief Minister Shahbaz Sharif, the provincial government in its tenure gave a boost to education, health, public welfare and its performance remained matchless setting an example for others. Hamza Shahbaz lauded the efforts of PBIT for promoting business activities in Punjab under the leadership of Chief Minister and expressed hope that it’s impact would be all over the country to produce more revenue and jobs.

The PML-N leader said that international business community expressing confidence on Pakistan invested huge amount in different sectors. He said that China, Turkey, Korea, United Kingdom and Switzerland has participated in this event which is good omen. Speaking on the occasion, Chinese Consul General Mr. Long Dingbin hailed the development work undertook by Punjab government with the name of Punjab Speed under the dynamic leadership of Mohammad Shahbaz Sharif.

From Turkey Atilla Yerlikay also appreciated the business activities in Punjab and assured all out cooperation by Turkish Pakistan Business Council. Provincial Ministers Rana Mashhood and Zakia Shahnawaz were also present.


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Faryal paid tributes to Nusrat Bhutto

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KARACHI: Central President Pakistan Peoples Party Women Wing Mrs. Faryal Talpur has paid tributes to Begum Nusrat Bhutto on her 89th birthday being celebrated on Friday.

In a Press statement issued here, Mrs Faryal Talpur said that Begum Nusrat Bhutto organized a vibrant Women Wing of the PPP nearly five decades ago and it was first-ever Women Wing formed by any political party in Pakistan. PPP Women Wing President said that Begum Nusrat Bhutto sacrificed everything she had for the restoration of democracy during struggle against worst dictatorial regime of the history. Mrs Faryal Talpur said that in battling the dictatorial forces she lost her husband, two sons and dearest daughter Shaheed Mohtarma Benazir Bhutto.

PPP Women Wing said that Begum Nusrat Bhutto’s struggle will continue to inspire all the women and every Party worker would always remember her as a role-model democratic fighter.


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Govt’s every step against country, people, results in inflation: Parvez

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LAHORE: Senior leader of Pakistan Muslim League (PML) and former Deputy Prime Minister, Chaudhry Parvez Elahi has said that every step of the government is against the country and its people, bringing new flood of inflation in the country.

He said this while talking to the media persons after his meeting with N-League leader and PP-213 ticket holder Makhdoom Syed Asad Abbas Shah who called on him and announced joining PML along with his supporters at his residence here on Thursday.

Speaking on the occasion, Makhdoom Asad Abbas said that he will lie and die with Chaudhry Sahibaan. He said that works undertaken in Southern Punjab during tenure of Chaudhry Parvez Elahi are unparalleled. President PML Lahore, Mian Munir and Chaudhry Abid Jotana were also present.

Ch Parvez Elahi further said that the steps being taken by PML-N are against national solidarity, national security and economy.

He said PML-N Quaid Nawaz Sharif and Punjab Chief Minister (CM) Shehbaz Sharif cannot misguide the people through their false propaganda.

Welcoming Syed Asad Abbas Shah into party fold, the PML senior leader said that our development works would be re- started in the coming tenure from where these had been stopped and deprivations of South Punjab will be eliminated, like our previous tenure we will undertake such works in health and education sectors and for welfare of the people to ensure there is peace and prosperity in every area and development in every sector.

Ch. Parvez Elahi said that there should be such facilities in the government hospitals and educational institutions that nobody needs to go abroad.

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PAF played leading role in war against terror: Air Chief

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ISLAMABAD: Pakistan Air Force has played leading role in country’s war against terrorism. This was stated by Chief of the Air Staff Air Chief Marshal Mujahid Anwar Khan in his message on the occasion of Pakistan Day (23rd March).

Here is the complete text of the message: On the auspicious occasion of Pakistan Day, I extend warm felicitations to all citizens of Pakistan.

The historic day of 23 March, 1940 is a watershed in the arduous journey of our illustrious forefathers towards achieving an independent state for the  Muslims of the subcontinent.

Within a short span of just over seven years from this momentous day, the dream of independence was realised and our beloved country – Pakistan – came into being, where we live with dignity and honour.

The creation of a separate homeland was the result of unswerving commitment, indomitable will and supreme sacrifices of our ancestors who stood united under the visionary leadership of Quaid-e-Azam Muhammad Ali Jinnah.

Such is our glorious history that always inspires us to move forward against all odds. PAF played a leading role in war against terror and ensured peace in the country.

Our resounding success in operation Zarb-e-Azb is a manifestation of the same. We are well-cognizant that eternal vigilance is the price of freedom. Pakistan is a peace-loving country of people who never compromise on sovereignty, rather protect it by all means, even by sacrificing their lives.

I assure you that with the support of the brave people of Pakistan, PAF is fully prepared to face any challenge and thwart the nefarious designs of any adversary.

My Dear Countrymen! I am pleased that PAF has evolved into a modern air force with enormous capabilities and successfully produced JF-17 Thunder – the pride of Pakistan. I am confident that PAF’s commitment to self-reliance through indigenisation will ensure a more robust defence of the aerial frontiers of our motherland.

The realisation of the Air University Aerospace & Aviation Campus at the “Aviation City” Kamra by PAF will not only fulfil PAF’s vision of industry-academia linkage but also open new vistas for Pakistan’s economic, diplomatic, technological and strategic gains. May Allah Almighty guide our efforts and give us strength to come up to the nation’s expectations. Aameen!

Pakistan Air Force Zindabad!

Pakistan Paindabad!

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President urges nation to strive for progress, prosperity

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ISLAMABAD: Congratulating the Pakistan Day, President Mamnoon Hussain urged the nation to follow the footsteps of its great leaders and work hard with dedication and devotion to take the country forward on the path of progress and prosperity.

In a message, he said the nation confronted decades old terrorism that plagued the entire region with resilience and took it up as a challenge. He said he was pleased to note that the nation stood united against extremism and terrorism and helped in bringing about an economic turnaround and return to peace and tranquility.

He said the successful implementation of the China Pakistan Economic Corridor was a proof of the economic stability. President Mamnoon Hussain said March 23, was specifically observed to mark the day when the country’s forefathers passed a historic resolution at Lahore in 1940 that brought the Muslims of the subcontinent on a united platform and gave a clear direction for the achievement of a great objective.

He said the day also reminded us that Pakistan came into being owing to a long democratic struggle and added that today its progress and stability were also embedded in a democracy.

He said it was therefore vital that democratic norms in the country were encouraged, so as to inculcate the habit of tolerance, harmony and mutual affinity.


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DC Gujranwala found dead at residence, FIR registered

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GUJRANWALA: An FIR was registered at a local police station after Gujranwala’s Deputy Commissioner (DC) Sohail Ahmed Tipu was found dead at his residence Thursday morning.

“We found the body hanging from a fan when after we reached the DC house upon the commissioner’s request,” the Additional Medical Superintendent (AMS) Dr Gulzar had said earlier today.

Tipu’s tied hands indicate that he may not have attempted to take his own life, Dr Gulzar stated, adding that it seemed like a rope or wire was twisted twice around the man’s neck [to suffocate him].

Samples collected from the body were forwarded to the laboratory and a final verdict on the cause of death will be given after the forensic lab issues its report.

The postmortem was conducted, considering the possibilities of suicide, murder, and poisoning, said Dr Gulzar.

A case was registered under Sections 302 (premeditated murder), 324 (attempted murder) and 34 (common intention) of the Pakistan Penal Code on the complaint of the deceased’s uncle Akram Tahir later in the day at the Civil Lines Police Station.

The deceased officer, appointed as a deputy commissioner on December 11, 2017, was residing with his parents in Lahore. He is survived by three daughters and a son.

The body was sent to Lahore with further investigation into the case underway, said police officials.

Additional Medical Superintendent said that he has given his legal opinion on the postmortem.

Sources within the police disclosed that the law enforcement authorities have detained all employees of deputy commissioner house, and have started the investigation of the case.

The police sources said that a night before he was found dead the deceased spoke with his mother, adding that later in the day his office staffers requested her to check why isn’t he picking their calls.

Tipu’s mother went to check on him in his room to find her son hanged on a ceiling fan.

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New Air Chief makes premiere visit to Naval Headquarters

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ISLAMABAD: The newly appointed Chief of the Air Staff, Air Chief Marshal Mujahid Anwar Khan made first visit to Naval Headquarters after assumption of Command and met Chief of the Naval Staff, Admiral Zafar Mahmood Abbasi.

Upon arrival at Naval Headquarters, Chief of the Air Staff was received by Chief of the Naval Staff. A smartly turned out contingent of Pakistan Navy presented Guard of Honour. The visiting dignitary was then introduced to Principal Staff Officers at NHQ.

Later, Air Chief Marshal Mujahid Anwar Khan called on Chief of the Naval Staff in his office.

During the meeting, Chief of the Naval Staff Admiral Zafar Mahmood Abbasi congratulated the Air Chief on his promotion and assuming Command of Pakistan Air Force.

Referring to the strong relationship between the two Forces, the Naval Chief said that Pakistan Navy and Pakistan Air Force will continue the endeavours to enhance synergy and seamless integration in all important operational and other inter-services undertakings.

The Naval Chief expressed his confidence that Pakistan Air Force will further progress and attain greater heights under the able Command of Air Chief Marshal Mujahid Anwar Khan

On the occasion, Air Chief Marshal assured Admiral Zafar Mahmood Abbasi of PAF’s full support and pledged to work together in making the defence of the country impregnable.