Last update: Fri, 06 May 2016 04pm

General News: Pakistan


The United States has said it is concerned about the allegations of gross violations of human rights in Pakistan by its security forces during its counterterrorism operations. "We have seen the reports of his (a local Pakistan leader's) death while in military custody, and we would direct you to the Pakistanis for any further information on the events surrounding his death," State Department spokesperson Elizabeth Trudeau said.
A range of Pakistani products, both food and merchandise were on display and for sale at the annual United Nations International Bazaar held on Wednesday at UN Headquarters in New York. Braving cold weather and intermittent rain, a large number of people visited the bazaar, which was organised by the UN Women's Guild (UNWG) in collaboration with permanent missions accredited to the United Nations.
The blocking of F-16s fighter jets deal by US Congress has upset the parliamentary panel, which has sought a detailed briefing from Ministry of Foreign Affairs to explain its "failure" to make it a success through effective lobbying after recommending an increase in public diplomacy budget to promote softer image of the country abroad.
Federal Minister for Planning and Development Ahsan Iqbal on Thursday rejected the Terms of Reference (ToRs) of Opposition parties about Panama Leaks issue and said that the ToRs were not against the corruption. Talking to media at Islamia College University in Peshawar, he said it has become crystal clear from the ToRs of the Opposition that these parties were not concerned about the corruption.
President Mamnoon Hussain on Thursday summoned the 32nd Session of the National Assembly on 9th May, 2016 at 5:00 pm in the Parliament House, Islamabad. The President has summoned the National Assembly Session in exercise of powers conferred by clause (1) of Article 54 of the Constitution of the Islamic Republic of Pakistan.
The Prime Minister has appointed two Members of National Assemblies (MNAs) as Parliamentary Secretaries for the Ministries/Divisions. According to the notification issued by the Ministry of Parliamentary Affairs, Azhar Qayyum Nahara MNA has been appointed Parliamentary Secretary for Water and Power while MNA Mian Najeeb Uddin Awaisi has been appointed for Ministry of Commerce.
Apex Committee of Khyber Pakhtunkhwa in its 45th meeting held with Governor Iqbal Zafar Jhagra in the chair on Thursday reviewed the implementation of National Action Plan and discussed matters related repatriation of displaced persons with special focus on overall law and order situation in the province and FATA.