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Major General Sarfraz Sattar has been promoted to the rank of Lieutenant General, the Inter Services Public Relations said in a press release on Friday. In 2013, the major general was appointed Director General of Military Intelligence (DG MI) by former Army Chief Ashfaque Kayani, replacing Major General Naushad Kayani.
Foreign Secretary Aizaz Ahmad Chaudhry accompanied by Director General Military Operations (DGMO) Major General Sahir Shamshad Mirza Friday briefed the ambassadors of Permanent Members of UN Security Council about the frivolous Indian claim of carrying out "surgical strikes on the LoC."
Prime Minister Muhammad Nawaz Sharif on Friday convened a meeting of heads of parliamentary parties on Monday, to update them on the situation in Kashmir and at the Line of Control. A statement from the PM House said the collective response of the Federal Cabinet was significant first step in the wake of recent tension along the LoC as well as to reaffirm solidarity with the Kashmiri brethren.
Members of National Assembly Friday urged the government to bring the Federally Administered Tribal Areas (FATA) in the mainstream through reforms including amendment in the Constitution, local government elections, representation in Khyber Pakhtunkhwa Assembly and appointment of a separate governor. The National Assembly suspended its regular agenda and discussed the FATA reforms.
State Minister for Information Technology Anuhsa Rehman Khan came under severe criticism in Senate on Friday for accusing Standing Committee members of 'blackmailing', which the Senators said she was doing to protect the monopoly of cellular companies. Speaking on a point of order in Senate, Senator Usman Khan Kakar who is chairman Senate Standing On Less Developed Areas, strongly protested over the behaviour of Anusha, saying she was running media campaign against senators, accusing them of 'blackmailing', which was not acceptable.
A Parliamentary Panel Friday expressed annoyance over giving preferential treatment to developed areas compared to less developed areas in relation to development projects. Senate Functional Committee on Problems of Less Developed Areas met with Muhammad Usman Khan Kakar in the chair where relevant officials gave briefing on the performance of Ministry of Housing & Works (including its attached departments) in less developed areas and Federally Administered Tribal Areas (FATA). The committee was also briefed on Pakistan Millennium Fund and its utilisation.
The Interior Minister Chaudhary Nisar Ali Khan on Friday ordered Federal Investigation Agency (FIA) to hold a thorough investigation into massive financial irregularities in NADRA during the tenure of its former chairman, who is now deputy chairman of National Accountability Bureau (NAB). A senior official of Ministry of Interior said that the Interior Minister while presiding over the NADRA board meeting ordered FIA to investigate all the financial irregularities that took place when Imtiaz Tajwar was the chairman National Database and Registration Authority (NADRA).