Last update: Sun, 26 Jun 2016 05am

General News: Pakistan


Pakistan has described its permanent membership to Shanghai Cooperation Organization (SCO) as an important milestone with regard to its national objectives. In an interview with Radio Pakistan, Foreign Office Spokesperson Nafees Zakariya said this would provide a platform to Pakistan to collectively work with other SCO member states in different fields, including security.
At least eight Indian paramilitary soldiers and two suspected militants were killed Saturday near occupied Srinagar when a group of armed militants ambushed the soldiers' convoy, police said. Four militants sprayed bullets on the convoy carrying members of India's Central Reserve Police Force (CRPF) near Pampore town, killing five soldiers instantly and wounding 20, inspector general of police for the region, Javaid Gillani, told AFP. A top regional police official said three others succumbed to their injuries later.
Minister for Interior Chaudhry Nisar Ali Khan on Saturday said cowardly acts of terrorism could not end the resolve of government and intelligence agencies to root out the menace from the country. Talking to the media after attending a condolence reference for the departed soul of senior PML-N leader Muhammad Irshad here, he said the terrorists were targeting soft targets like renowned Qawwal Amjad Sabri, which was showing their frustration.
Chief Minister Sindh, Syed Qaim Ali Shah on Saturday claimed finding a lead that will result in the capture of the culprits involved in the fatal shooting of renowned qawali artist Amjad Fareed Sabri, but refused to disclose further details at the moment. Winding up the 2016-17 budget debate in the Sindh Assembly, Shah said law enforcement officials had found a 'lead' which will help them in apprehending the killers of Amjad Sabri - who was gunned down in the city's Liaquatabad area.
Punjab Chief Minister Muhammad Shahbaz Sharif has said that overseas Pakistanis are ambassadors of the country and Overseas Pakistanis Commission Punjab has been set up to safeguard their hard-earned money. He said that no one will be allowed to usurp the rights of Pakistanis living abroad or grab their properties.
Khyber Pakhtunkhwa Assembly Friday decided the constitution of a special committee comprising of leaders of all parliamentary parties in the house to check the reforms introduced by the PTI government in various sectors. The proposal for the formation of such committee was flouted by the out-spoken, Sardar Hussain Babak, the parliamentary leader of ANP while responding to long speech of the Chief Minister Pervez Khattak regarding reformative process initiated by the PTI-led coalition government in Khyber Pakhtunkhwa.
Pakistan People's Party (PPP) is all set to file a reference with Election Commission of Pakistan (ECP) against Prime Minister Nawaz Sharif, Chief Minister Punjab Shahbaz Sharif, Finance Minister Ishaq Dar and the Prime Minister's son in law Captain Safdar (Retd) on Monday, seeking their disqualification for concealing assets.