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Pervaiz strongly condemns attacks on media houses in Karachi ISLAMABAD: Federal Minister for Information, Broadcasting and National Heritage Senator Pervaiz Rashid on Monday strongly condemned attacks on media houses in Karachi.The minister, in a statement, said the present democratic government believes in freedom of expression and would never tolerate any attack on independence of media.Attacking any news channel tantamounted to attack on freedom of media and people's right to be informed, which was a pre-requisite for any democratic society, he added.The provincial government, he said, must take an immediate cognizance of the incident to ensure the safety and security of media persons and houses.Copyright APP (Associated Press of Pakistan), 2016 ...

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PM performs ground breaking of Sialkot-Lahore Motorway SIALKOT: Prime Minister Muhammad Nawaz Sharif Monday performed the ground breaking of the Rs 45 billion dollar, 89 km long Sialkot-Lahore Motorway.The four-lane road to be constructed jointly by the Frontier Works Organisation (FWO) and National Highway Authority (NHA) would connect the two major business centres and would be completed in around 24 months.Director General FWO Major General Muhammad Afzal in his briefing said the FWO would perform the maintenance of the motorway and also ...

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MQM activists asked to end hunger strike KARACHI: MQM activists holding a hunger strike unto death camp at the Karachi Press Club (KPC) were asked to end their hunger strike.Sources said that the MQM leadership asked their activists to end their hunger strike following MQM local leaders' meeting with the provincial and federal governments' representatives.They further said that the MQM leadership announced to hand over the leadership of party to Dr Farooq Sattar. However, the activists reacted strongly and asked their leadership ...

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Hussain Haqqani's passport issued in time ISLAMABAD: Ministry of Interior on Monday contradicted media reports regarding passport issuance of former Pakistan's ambassador to the United States, Hussain Haqqani, saying concerned directorate issued the passport within required timeframe.In a statement issued here, a spokesman of the ministry said there was no truth in media reports about stoppage of passport of former envoy.The spokesman said the passport was issued within required timeframe after receiving application from Hussain Haqqani and it was sent to ...

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Projects worth US$18bn under CPEC being completed: Ahsan Iqbal ISLAMABAD: Minister for Planning, Development and Reforms,Ahsan Iqbal said on Monday that out of US$ 46 billion projects under China-Pakistan Economic Corridor (CPEC), projects worth US$ 18 billion had already hit the ground while US$ 17 billion were in the pipeline.Talking to press attaches to be posted abroad, he said, the CPEC framework had been turned from a piece of paper into an investment of US$ 46 billion.He said, the CPEC initiative would not only ...

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Energy crisis to be over by 2018 LAHORE: Punjab Minister for Mines and Minerals Chaudhry Sher Ali Khan has said that energy crisis will be over by 2018 as provincial and federal governments are utilizing all possible resources in this regard.The provincial government has introduced semi mechanized mining technology and latest machinery to get maximum production of local coal to operate its coal fired power plants.Presiding over a meeting in this regard here on Monday, he said that promotion of latest technology ...

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ANP desires political, administrative autonomy to Fata: Haider Hoti PESHAWAR: Provincial President, Awami National Party (ANP) and Member National Assembly, Ameer Haider Khan Hoti has said his party desired political and administrative autonomy to Fata imperative to bring tribal people into mainstream of life.Talking to media persons after attending the Fateha Khwani of the late nephew of provincial vice President Muhammad Javed in Mardan district, the ANP leader welcomed the recommendations of merger of Fata in Khyber Pakhtunkhwa.The people of Fata had rendered immense ...