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ECP modifies LG polls schedule ISLAMABAD: The Election Commission of Pakistan (ECP) on Saturday modified the schedule of local government (LG) polls in Sindh and Punjab by a few days.According to ECP official Khurshid Alam, the candidates can now withdraw their nomination papers both in Punjab and Sindh by January 15 instead of January 12. The final list will now be published in both the provinces on January 16 instead of January 13.The LG elections will be held in Sindh and Punjab on January 18 and January 30 respectively.Copyright APP (Associated Press of Pakistan), 2014 ...

Punjab police releases Sapna Rani: Senate told ISLAMABAD: Minister of State for Parliamentary Affairs Shaikh Aftab Ahmed Friday informed the Upper House of the Parliament that Punjab Police had released Sapna Rani, a Hindu school teacher, who was kidnapped from Peshawar by Zahid Nawaz.Replying to a Calling Attention Notice of Senator Hamza, the minister said that the Punjab government was making all out efforts to arrest the culprit as soon as possible."The Constitution protects rights of minorities and it is also prime ...
Bail application of Malik Ishaq referred to LHC CJ LAHORE: A division bench of the Lahore High Court Thursday referred bail application of Malik Ishaq, leader of a banned outfit, to the LHC Chief Justice with a request to fix it before another bench.The bench observed that it was tasked to hear matters regarding narcotics but the present matter deals with anti- terrorism, therefore, it should be heard by an appropriate bench.The bench, comprising Justice Muhammad Anwaar ul Haq and Justice Abdul Sattar Asghar, ...
Court directs Musharraf to appear on Jan 16 ISLAMABAD: The Special Court has directed the General (Retd)n Pervez Musharraf to appear before the court on January 16 otherwise appropriate orders would be released against him.The order was announced by Registrar Special Court Abdul Ghani Soomro on behalf of the Special Court here in the Federal Shariat Court on Thursday in the high treason case against Musharraf.The court observed in its order that the medical reports submitted by the Armed Forces Institute of Cardiology ...
Ahsan for economic prosperity in country ISLAMABAD: Federal Minister for Planning and Development, Ahsan Iqbal has said that government is making all out efforts to revive economic activities in the country and for this, steps are being taken to achieve the objectives.He said that Pakistan is moving towards rule of law which is guarantee to bring improvement in the economic and development sectors.Talking to a private television channel, he said: "No one is above the law under the Constitution of the ...
Power generation from Thar coal by 2017-18 ISLAMABAD: Sindh Engro Coal Mining Company (SECMC) is planning to initiate mining activity at Thar coal by the mid of 2014, and it will take 3.5 years to reach Coal Production stage. Currently Government of Sindh has issued three leases to mine developers in Thar and according to the planned timeliness of the existing lease holders at Thar, SECMC plans to generate power based on Thar Coal by 2017-18.Similarly, the other lease holders Sino Sindh ...
Danish Ambassador meets Ayaz Sadiq ISLAMABAD: The Ambassador of Denmark, Jesper M. Sorensen Thursday called on Speaker National Assembly Sardar Ayaz Sadiq.During the meeting, the ambassador Sorensen stressed that Parliament is not only the very symbol of Pakistan's democracy, but also in keeping government accountable as elected representatives on behalf of the people.The ambassador welcomed the newly established Pakistan-Denmark Parliamentary Friendship Group which will promote and deep friendly relations between the two democratic countries.The promotion and awareness of democracy, human ...


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