Last update: Wed, 04 May 2016 01am

General News: Pakistan


Interior Minister Chaudhry Nisar Ali Khan has said that the fate of Dr Shakeel Afridi is going to be decided by the Pakistani courts and the Government of Pakistan and not by US presidential candidate Donald Trump even if he becomes the President of United States. The Interior Minister was reacting to Trump's interview broadcast by Fox News.
Special Assistant to Prime Minister on Foreign Affairs, Syed Tariq Fatemi on Monday said that there was lack of sufficient appreciation for Pakistan's whole-hearted efforts, which it was undertaking jointly with the US administration, in countering the threat posed by terrorism.
The proposed deal to purchase eight F-16 aircraft from US is still under discussion between the two countries, defence sources stated. The US Congress has blocked a move by Washington to subsidise Pakistan's purchase of eight Lockheed Martin Corporation's F-16 fighter jets in what is seen as a setback for Islamabad. Without US assistance, Pakistan will have to pay almost $700 million for the aircraft; two-and-a-half times the subsidised cost of $270m.
A Corps Commander Conference chaired by General Raheel Sharif, Chief of Army Staff (CoAS), was held here on Monday at General Headquarters (GHQ). Forum was briefed in detail about internal and external security situation of the country. Participants of the conference dwelt at length on operational preparedness, training and other professional matters.
Prime Minister Nawaz Sharif was apprised on Monday that the bomb blast incidents in Balochistan had dropped from 483 to 27 and rocket firing from 372 in 2013 to 5 this year. The Prime Minister, who was in the provincial capital city of Balochistan province to inaugurate development projects, including National Health Programme, was given a detailed briefing by the Chief Secretary Saifullah Chattah on law and order at the Governor House.
Prime Minister Nawaz Sharif on Monday said his political opponents will have to wait even beyond the year 2018 for their turn as the people of Pakistan support "progress and not anarchy". Addressing the launch of the National Health Programme in the provincial capital of Balochistan here at the Governor's House, the Prime Minister said his government was committed to changing the political culture of the country from that of confrontation to serving the masses.
A parliamentary body on Monday while discussing the humanitarian crises in Thar district of Sindh has directed the provincial as well as the federal government to utilize all available resources to address critical issues the locals are facing. Chairing the National Assembly Standing Committee on Human Rights, Babar Nawaz Khan said that people of Thar were facing serious problems due to non availability of water and medical facilities.