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Iranian, UK Envoys meet Nisar ISLAMABAD: Outgoing Iranian Ambassador to Pakistan, Ali Reza Haghighian and United Kingdom High Commissioner, Philip Barton Thursday called on Minister for Interior, Ch. Nisar Ali Khan separately here at Punjab House.During the meetings, bilateral relations with respective countries, mutual cooperation and regional situation was discussed. Copyright APP (Associated Press of Pakistan), 2015 ...

Maternal, Child health: 7,214 deaths reported in 4 years: NA told ISLAMABAD: The National Assembly Thursday was informed that as many as 7,214 deaths were reported in various Maternal and Child Health and Children hospitals of the federal capital during last four years (2011-2015). Responding to various queries during question hour, State Minister for Capital Administration and Development, Dr. Tariq Fazal Chaurdry said that 6,365 such deaths were reported in Children hospitals whereas 849 deaths were reported in Maternal and Child health Care Centers. As per ...
Govt committed to protecting rights of minorities: Nisar ISLAMABAD: Minister for Interior, Chaudhary Nisar Ali Khan Thursday said the government was committed to protecting rights of minorities as they were playing a vital role in development and prosperity of the country.He said this while addressing a ceremony held here to distribute cheques amongst Chaklala Church burning victims of 2014.The Minister said, being a democratic society it was collective responsibility to make efforts for promoting tolerance, sectarian harmony and upholding great national values.On the ...
New Islamabad Airport to be completed by end of 2016: NA told ISLAMABAD: The National Assembly was informed on Thursday that New Islamabad Airport would be completed by the end of 2016.Minister of State for Parliamentary Affairs Shaikh Aftab Ahmed informed the House while responding to a calling attention notice of Ghulam Sarwar Khan, Asad Umar and others regarding delay in completion of new Islamabad Airport escalating cost from Rs 35 billion to Rs.85 billion causing concern amongst the public.The minister said there was unnecessary delay in ...
Scouting can play a vital role in promoting physical, mental development: President ISLAMABAD: President Mamnoon Hussain Thursday said Scouting can play a vital role in character development of youth and promoting their physical, mental and spiritual development to make them useful and good citizens.He was talking to a delegation of Rose Scouts (Girls Group) from Lyari, Karachi headed by Ms. Rahila Hameed Khan Durrani, Chief Commissioner, Pakistan Boy Scouts Association (PBSA) that called on him at the Aiwan-e-Sadr.The President hoped that Rose Group will provide opportunities for ...
Pak-India cricket series to ease tension: Arif Alvi ISLAMABAD: Central leader Pakistan Tehreek-e-Insaf (PTI) Dr Arif Alvi Thursday welcomed the government's decision to hold Pak-India cricket series in Sri Lanka and said it would ease tension between the two countries.Talking to media persons outside the Parliament House, Arif Alvi said that sports link was necessary and Indian Prime Minister Narendra Modi should also play his due role in this regard.To a question regarding local government elections in Sindh, PTI legislator said that the ...
Summary for recruiting 2,330 teachers sent for approval: NA told ISLAMABAD: The National Assembly was informed Thursday that on the recommendation of Cabinet Division, a summary for filling the vacancies of as many as 2,330 teachers has been sent to finance ministry for approval.Responding to questions during the question hour, State Minister for Capital Administration and Development, Dr. Tariq Fazal Chaurdry said that process for recruitment of 1025 teachers was already going on to overcome the shortage of staff in schools. The minister assured the ...


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