Last update: Sat, 27 Aug 2016 06pm

General News: Pakistan


Chief of Army Staff (CoAS) General Raheel Sharif paid visit to Army Medical Centre (AMC), Abbottabad, on Friday and lauded the sacrifices made by doctors and paramedical staff in the battle against terrorism. While interacting with the officers and men of Army Medical Corps, CoAS appreciated contributions and sacrifices of doctors and paramedic staff in improving the health care standards in peace and war especially in fight against terrorism.
Special Assistant to the Prime Minister on Foreign Affairs Syed Tariq Fatemi has emphasised the need for equal treatment to all applicants of the Nuclear Suppliers Group (NSG), based on objective and non-discriminatory criteria.
The federal government has decided to send all evidence pertaining to Muttahida Qaumi Movement (MQM) chief Altaf Hussain's provocative speeches through which he instigated violence in Karachi to the UK government for a strict action against its citizen. Sources at Ministry of Interior said the Sindh government has provided all documentary evidence to the federal government.
Prime Minister Nawaz Sharif on Friday, in principle, accorded his approval for the construction of 39 state-of-the-art hospitals across the country, costing Rs 110 billion. The approval was granted for construction of three hospitals in Islamabad with a capacity of 600-bed each, besides ten 500-bed hospitals and twenty 250-bed hospitals across the country.
Governor Sindh Dr Ishratul Ebad Khan on Friday directed the administrator Karachi to prepare a PC-1 for installation of CCTV cameras at all major parks of the city aimed to create a sense of safety and security among visiting families. The directive was issued at meeting that reviewed ongoing renovation and rehabilitation of various parks and roadside plantation.
When Indian Prime Minister Narendra Modi met top aides to prepare last week's annual Independence Day address, some senior bureaucrats warned him against mentioning Balochistan, arch-rival Pakistan's restive south-western province. Referring to Baluchistan in such a prominent speech would be a highly unusual move bound to ratchet up tensions between the nuclear-armed neighbours more used to trading barbs over Kashmir, the cause of two of their three wars.
An eminent official of Pakistan Tehreek-e-Insaf (PTI) Faisal Wada escaped unhurt in an armed attack here on Friday. According to police sources, armed men riding motorbikes opened straight fire targeting Faisal Wada's vehicle near Delhi Colony, however he remained safe. The PTI leader was on his way to home from an office of National Accountability Bureau (NAB) where he had gone to record a statement as witness in amenity plots-related corruption.