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General elections to be held before May 16: Kaira ISLAMABAD: Federal Information and Broadcasting Minister, Qamar Zaman Kaira has said that the general elections in the country will be held by May 16 after the National and Provincial assemblies complete their five year term.   Talking to a private news channel, he said the present assemblies will be dissolved on March 16 and the elections will be held within two months.   He said according to an agreement with Qadri the cleric will be consulted on the nomination of caretaker Prime Minister.   Copyright APP (Associated Press of Pakistan), 2013

World Day of Social Justice on February 20 ISLAMABAD: World observes Day of Social Justice annually across the globe including Pakistan on February 20 to promote social justice, eradication of poverty and gender equality.   The United Nations' (UN) World Day of Social Justice is annually observed on February 20 to support the efforts of the international community in poverty eradication, promotion of full employment and decent work, gender equity and access to social well-being and justice for all.   The UN General Assembly proclaimed February 20 ...

Dry weather forecasts for KP in next 48 hours, showers expected on Friday PESHAWAR: The metrological office has forecasted dry and sunny weather for provincial capital and most parts of the province in next 48 hours.   The weather would remain dry and mostly sunny in the Provincial Capital and the adjoining districts of Mardan, Charsadda, Nowshera and Swabi in the next two days with chances of rain on Friday. Rain is expected in District Nowshera on Thursday and Friday.   The temperature remained at 22 degree centigrade maximum in Peshawar on ...

Govt reduced tragic incidents in country: Durrani ISLAMABAD: Interior Secretary Akbar Hussain Durrani while condemning recent Quetta incident said that the government has taken several successful measures to reduce incidents of target killing and kidnapping to zero.   Talking to a private news channel, he added that it is difficult to know about the whereabouts of the explosive material and their transportation as a complete chain is involved in such attacks.   He said the culprits use such materials in the explosives that are easily available ...

Welfare of minorities topmost priority: PM   ISLAMABAD: Prime Minister Raja Pervez Ashraf said that his government is committed to the welfare of all minorities living in Pakistan.   The Prime Minister said this while talking to Chairman Evacuee Trust Property Board (ETPB) Syed Asif Hashmi who called on him at Prime Minister House.   "Minorities are equal citizens of the land and their places of worship and religious sites would be provided protection," he added.   The Prime Minister directed the Chairman to ensure all possible assistance ...

PML-N experts in rigging mandate, political manipulation: Kaira KHARIAN: Minister for Information and Broadcasting Qamar Zaman Kaira on Sunday said that Pakistan Muslim League (N) was an expert in political manipulation, switching political affiliations and rigging mandate.   Talking to media, he said Shahbaz Sharif and Opposition Leader in the National Assembly Chaudhry Nisar Ali Khan should be given medals for their expertise in changing political affiliation of elected MPAs.   He said Nawaz Shairf was making political alliance with those in Sindh who never won union ...

Altaf calls upon people to recognise self-serving politicians KARACHI: Muttahida Qaumi Movement (MQM) chief Altaf Hussain has said that the nation, particularly the younger generation, must differentiate between self-serving politicians and those who believe in dignity of mankind.   He asked them to boycott the political and religious parties which were maintaining silence over the killing of the people of Hazara community.   The MQM chief said this while talking to the members of the Rabita Committee of his party in Pakistan, said a statement issued by ...


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