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Asif asks MQM not to link political issue with religion ISLAMABAD: Minister for Water and Power Khawaja Asif on Monday asked the Muttahida Qaumi Movement (MQM) not to link a political issue with religion.Speaking on a point of order in the National Assembly, the minister urged the MQM to end tension with Leader of Opposition Syed Khursheed Shah as he had twice tendered apology on the matter."I request the MQM not to drag the issue as the country cannot afford politics of confrontation,", he added.Asif urged all the political forces to work for the welfare of masses, and development, progress and prosperity of the country.The minister said the Parliament being a supreme forum should be utilized for addressing all the issues.Khawaja Asif said it was unfortunate that tolerance in the society had ended. Copyright APP (Associated Press of Pakistan), 2014

MNAs meet Prime Minister ISLAMABAD: Members of National Assembly (MNAs) Talal Chaudhry and Chaudhry M. Shahbaz Babar (Faisalabad), Syed Ashiq Hussain Shah and Nadeem Abbas Rebaira (Okara), M. Khan Daha (Khanewal) and Ms Mariam Aurangzeb called on Prime Minister Muhammad Nawaz Sharif here at the Prime Minister House on Monday.Matters relating to infrastructure development and provision of clean drinking water in their respective constituencies came under discussion during the meetings. Copyright APP (Associated Press of Pakistan), 2014

President signs instruments of ratification ISLAMABAD: President Mamnoon Hussain on Monday signed the Instrument of Ratification of Memorandum of Understanding (MoU) between Pakistan and Turkey in the field of Urbanization.The President also signed the Instrument of Ratification of an agreement between Pakistan and Bahrain for the Promotion and Protection of Investments. Copyright APP (Associated Press of Pakistan), 2014

President approves appointment of Justice Jawwad S. Khawaja as Acting CJ ISLAMABAD: President Mamnoon Hussain on Monday approved the appointment of Justice Jawwad S. Khawaja, Senior Puisne Judge of Supreme Court as Acting Chief Justice during the period Justice Nasir-ul-Mulk, Chief Justice, Supreme Court of Pakistan remains abroad.The President approved the appointment on the advice of Prime Minister Muhammad Nawaz Sharif, under Article 180 of the Constitution.Justice Nasir-ul-Mulk, Chief Justice, Supreme Court of Pakistan along with a delegation is proceeding on an official visit to Korea ...

President for Pak-Nigeria cooperation in defence, technology ISLAMABAD: President Mamnoon Hussain on Monday said Pakistan and Nigeria had the potential to mutually share expertise in diverse fields, including defence, and science and technology.The President expressed these views in a meeting with Nigerian Chief of the Air Staff, Air Marshal Adesola Nunayon Amosu, here at the Aiwan-e-Sadr.He said the two countries should forge closer military ties especially in areas of training and defence technologies.He said Pakistan and Nigeria possessed vast potential for enhancing ...

President for added sports facilities at Gun & Country Club ISLAMABAD: President Mamnoon Hussain on Monday said sports played a healthy role in the physical and mental development of the youth and underscored the need for taking further steps for provision of adequate sports facilities to them.Chairing a presentation on Gun and Country Club here at Aiwan-e-Sadr as its patron, the President said the huge chunk of land in the club needed to be appropriately developed with added facilities for promotion of shooting sports in ...

Sindh Chief Minister denies hunger induced deaths in Thar KARACHI: Sindh Chief Minister Syed Qaim Ali Shah, addressing the provincial assembly session Monday said the government in recent past has arranged wheat worth Rs.two billion for 160, 000 people of drought hit area in Thar.Responding to comments made by certain opposition members on the floor of the house about media reports regarding dismal situation in the area, he said no person in the area had died of hunger during past five years.He also denied ...


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Foreign Debt $61.805bn
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