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Shahbaz vows to crush terrorists, facilitators  LAHORE: Chief Minister of Punjab Muhammad Shahbaz Sharif has said, every Pakistani grieved at the worst incident of terrorism in Peshawar and the beasts involved in the tragedy deserve maximum punishment. "Time has come to purge the country of terrorists and their facilitators," he added. He was presiding over a meeting of cabinet committee on law and order situation in the province here Thursday. Measures for ensuring foolproof security arrangements in educational institutions were considered on the occasion. The meeting also prayed for the innocent children and their teachers who were martyred in Peshawar tragedy. The Chief Minister urged the need for unity and harmony at this critical hour and civil and military leadership as well as the whole nation has become united to eradicate terrorism from the country. He said, incident of terrorism that took place in Peshawar is the worst of its kind in the world and targeting ...

MPAs appreciate end of PTI sit-in LAHORE: Lawmakers in the Punjab Assembly welcomed the decision by Pakistan Tehrik-e-Insaf (PTI) to end Islamabad sit-in,and termed it a step towards strong Pakistan."Recent sit-ins and protests have harmed the national economy and affected the country's rapid development pace," they observed.Talking to APP at the Punjab Assembly premises here,the legislators Zaeem Qadri,Rana Muhammed Arshad,Majid Zahoor,Khawaja Imran Nazir,Yasin Sohal,Hina Pervaiz Butt,Azma Bokhari said Pakistan is confronted with multiple challenges and the carnage at Peshawar has jolted ...
Pakistan to observe 100th anniversary of poet Maulana Hali ISLAMABAD: Federal Minister for Planning, Development and Reform, Prof. Ahsan Iqbal Wednesday reviewed arrangements to observe the 100th death anniversary of the legendary poet Maulana Altaf Hussain Hali all across the country.Chairing a meeting to finalize events on the 100th Death Anniversary of the legendary poet Maulana Altaf Hussain Hali, he asked various organizations to arrange programmes, seminars and other activities to mark the day.He asked the Pakistan Post to finalize the design of postal ...
APC acknowledges govt efforts to eliminate terrorism: Marvi ISLAMABAD: Chairperson of the National Assembly's Standing Committee on Information and Broadcasting Marvi Memon said on Wednesday the All Parties Conference (APC) acknowledged the serious efforts being made by government to eliminate the menace of terrorism from the country.Talking to a private news channel, she said presence of the country's top political leadership, including Prime Minister Muhammad Nawaz Sharif, at the APC in Peshawar showed the determination of the government to eliminate terrorists.Marvi said that ...
SC rejects petitions challenging ET's decision ISLAMABAD: The Supreme Court (SC) on Wednesday canceled the petitions challenging the decision by Election Tribunal.A three-member bench led by Chief Justice Nasirul Mulk announced his decision regarding the petition against the Election Tribunal's decision.The bench observed that the court doesn't have the authority to declare Election Tribunal's decision void.The petitions were filed by Sheikh Rasheed, Raza Hayat, Muhammad Riaz Malik, Afzal Khokhar and others. The court rejected the petitions stating that the interim decision ...
Wasan visits Sukkur jail, checks security measures SUKKUR: Sindh Prisons Minister, Manzoor Hussain Wasan visited the Central Jail Sukkur to review the security arrangements here on Wednesday.During his visit to Central Jail the minister reviewed security arrangements and went round different barracks and protection wall.On the occasion, he also enquired the prisoners regarding food quality and medical facilities being provided to them. Manzoor Hussain Wasan directed the jail officials to beef up security of the jail. Talking to mediamen, Minister said that ...
SC seeks briefing on prevention of spurious medicines LAHORE: A three-member bench of the Supreme Court on Tuesday sought a briefing from the Punjab health department on prevention of spurious medicines and provision of better treatment facilities to patients.The bench headed by Justice Mian Saqib Nisar passed the orders while hearing a suo motu notice against deaths caused by the Punjab Institute of Cardiology's spurious medicines, at the Supreme Court Lahore Registry.During the hearing, a provincial law officer told the bench that a ...


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