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President assures patronage of sports at grassroots level ISLAMABAD: President Mamnoon Hussain has said development of sports infrastructure and its patronage at grassroots level can help Pakistan make a come back in all fields of sports.In an interaction with the legends of cricket, hockey, squash and athletics here at the President House on Tuesday evening, the President said every possible effort would be made for the patronage of sports and players in the country.The function was part of a series of events organized in connection with the Pakistan Day celebrations that gathered renowned players of their times including cricketers Mushtaq Muhammad, Majid Khan, Wasim Bari, Javed Miandad, Sadiq Muhammad; Hockey stars Islahuddin, Shahnaz Sheikh, Manzoorul Hassan and Manzoor Junior; Squash heroes Jehangir Khan and Qamar Zaman; athletes Muhammad Younus and Abdur Razzaq; Boxer Kausar Abbas and Baseball player Kamran Mehboob.President Mamnoon Hussain said sport legends are the heroes of nation who brought laurels to the country by proving ...

LHC dismisses petitions challenging appointment of DG Rescue LAHORE: The Lahore High Court on Wednesday dismissed petitions challenging appointment of Dr Rizwan Naseer as Director General Rescue 1122.Justice Mirza Viqas Rauf heard the petitions filed by Shahid Ikram and Faisal Mehboob.Earlier, petitioners' counsel arguing before the court submitted that Dr Rizwan was appointed in violation of rules. He submitted that neither the post was advertised in the news papers nor Dr Rizwan possess required qualification for the job. He pleaded the court to ...
IHC decides daily basis hearing of restoration case of Chairman OGRA  ISLAMABAD: Islamabad High Court (IHC) Wednesday decided to hear the petition against restoration orders of Chairman OGRA by one member bench, on daily basis from next week. The two-member divisional bench of IHC, comprising Justice Athar Minallah and Justice Aamir Farooq, heard the petition of Federation seeking to set aside the decision of one member bench to restore Saeed Ahmad Khan on post of Chairman OGRA. Justice Athar Minallah remarked that federal government was authorized ...
CM orders recovery of 153 government vehicles from unauthorised people KARACHI: Sindh Chief Minister, Syed Qaim Ali Shah has directed the chief secretary to take necessary measures to recover 153 government vehicles illegally allotted to unauthorised influential people.The chief minister taking notice of media reports regarding illegal use of government vehicles by former cabinet members, retired government officials and other influential persons has ordered the Secretary Administration to get back all such vehicles immediately.Taking notice of another news report regarding alleged selling of three girls ...
SC orders comprehensive report on free dialysis service ISLAMABAD: The Supreme Court Wednesday sought a comprehensive report on a plea for the revival of free dialysis service for Acute Renal Failure (ARF) patients, after provincial governments presented a report in this regard.A two-judge bench comprising, Justice Amir Hani Muslim and Justice Ejaz Afzal heard the petition moved by Advocate Tariq Asad in 2009, seeking restoration of free services for ARF patients, which was introduced by the last PML-N government during its previous tenure ...
Foreign Office clarifies reports regarding Pakistan's participation in Yemen ISLAMABAD: Pakistan on Tuesday rejected the reports of media that Pakistan's Air Force and Naval Ships are participating in the military action in Yemen.Foreign Office Spokesperson Tasnim Aslam in a statement rejected such news reports regarding Pakistan's direct involvement in the military action in Yemen.The spokesperson while responding to a question regarding the recent report by Reuters and similar reports by other sources that Pakistan Air Force jets and Naval Ships were part of the ...
Farmers' interests to be safeguarded: CM LAHORE: Punjab Chief Minister Muhammad Shahbaz Sharif said on Tuesday that the interests of farmers would be safeguarded like the previous years and payments to them for their produce at the fixed rate will be ensured. Addressing a meeting to review various proposals with regard to the wheat procurement campaign for the year 2015-16, he said that with the grace of Almighty Allah there had been a bumper wheat crop this year.He said that all ...


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