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Governor welcomes PAT decision on sit-in LAHORE: Punjab Governor Chaudhry Muhammad Sarwar on Wednesday welcomed Pakistan Awami Tehrik (PAT) step to end its sit-in at D-Chowk Islamabad, and termed it a sensible decision. Talking to United Business Group (UBG) Chairman Iftikhar Ali Malik here, the governor said the PAT's decision would pave the way for political stability and subsequently strenthen the ecomony at all levels. The governor also felicitated the UBG chairman on landslide victory of his group in the annual elections of all the chambers of commerce and industry across Pakistan. Chaudhry Muhammad Sarwar hoped that Federation of Pakistan Chamber of Commerce and Industry (FPCCI) having an overwhelming majority of the United Businss Group (UBG) would continue to help boost the overall economic situation in Pakistan while coming up to the expectations of the business community at large. The governor also congratulated newly elected presidents and officer-bearers of all chambers of commerce and industry. The ...

LHC dismisses Dr Basit's plea against NAB LAHORE: A Lahore High Court division bench Wednesday dismissed a petition filed by senior lawyer Dr Abdul Basit challenging a National Accountability Bureau (NAB) notice for return of Double Shah scam amount.The bench comprising Justice Syed Mazahar Ali Akbar Naqvi and Justice Syed Iftikhar Hussain Shah heard the matter which was pending since 2011.Earlier, Dr Abdul Basit submitted that four commission agents associated with Double Shah case entrusted Rs 33 million to him for being ...
Govt promoting sale of effective, quality of generic drugs: NA told ISLAMABAD: Parliamentary Secretary for National Health Services, Regulations and Coordination Dr Darshan Wednesday informed the National Assembly that the government was promoting sale of effective and quality generic drugs at affordable prices to the patients.Replying during Question Hour in the House, Dr Darshan said that after the promulgation of Drug Regulatory Authority of Pakistan (DRAP) act, registration process of generic drugs has been revamped and strengthened to ensure safety, efficacy and quality of drugs. He ...
Audit of electricity overbilling to be completed in three days: NA told ISLAMABAD: Minister for Water and Power Khawaja Muhammad Asif Wednesday assured the National Assembly that commercial audit of electricity overbilling was expected to be completed during the next two to three days.Speaking during Question Hour in the House, he said that apart from possibility of fudging, consumption of more power by consumers during load- shedding free period of about a month and abolition of slabs for consumers also led to increase in electricity bills.Khawaja Asif ...
Governor, CM Gilgit Baltistan call on President GILGIT: Governor Gilgit Baltistan, Pir Syed Karam Ali Shah and Chief Minister Syed Mehdi Shah separately called on President Mamnoon Hussain here on Tuesday.Governor Gilgit Baltistan in his meeting discussed with the President the overall current situation in Gilgit Baltistan.Chief Minister Gilgit Baltistan Syed Mehdi Shah in his meeting with the President discussed matters pertaining to development activities being carried out in Gilgit Baltistan and issues of the region.Earlier, when President Mamnoon Hussain arrived here ...
PM meets MNAs; discusses development schemes ISLAMABAD: Members of the National Assembly (MNAs) from different constituencies separately called on Prime Minister Muhammad Nawaz Sharif here at his chamber in the Parliament House on Tuesday and discussed various projects.Those who called on the Prime Minister included Members of National Assembly Sarzameen Khan (Kohistan), Ch. Nasir Iqbal Bosal (Mandi Bahauddin), Muhammad Arshad Khan Laghari (Rahimyarkhan), and Muhammad Nazir Khan (Tribal Areas).Matters relating to infrastructure development and provision of clean drinking water in their ...
PM lauds Hajj 2014 operations ISLAMABAD: Prime Minister, Muhammad Nawaz Sharif while lauding the Hajj 2014 operations on Tuesday directed to further improve the Hajj Policy for the next year.He was talking to Minister for Religious Affairs and Interfaith Harmony, Sardar Muhammad Yousuf, who called on him here at the Prime Minister's Chamber in the Parliament House.The Prime Minister expressed satisfaction over the management of provision of food and accommodation facilities for the pilgrims during Hajj 2014. Copyright APP (Associated ...


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