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Ambassador James calls on Sartaj Aziz ISLAMABAD: US Special Representative for Afghanistan and Pakistan James Dobbins on Monday paid farewell call on Adviser to Prime Minister on National Security and Foreign Affairs, Sartaj Aziz here at the Foreign Office. They discussed Pakistan-US bilateral relations and developments in Afghanistan. The Adviser took the opportunity to laud Ambassador Dobbins' efforts for the promotion of stable, cooperative and durable relations between Pakistan and the US during his term as SRAP. The two sides reiterated their resolve to further deepen the bilateral relationship and strengthen mutual consultations on Afghanistan post-2014 with a view to advancing the shared objectives of peace, stability and economic development in the region and beyond. The Adviser highlighted the instrumental role of Pakistan-US Strategic Dialogue in fostering closer collaboration between the two countries in diverse fields including trade, economy, energy, counter-terrorism, education and science and technology. Reviewing the process since its revitalization last year, the two ...

President approves promotion of three AVMs to rank of Air Marshals ISLAMABAD: President Mamnoon Hussain, on the advice of the Prime Minister, has approved promotion of three Air Vice Marshals to the rank of Air Marshals, as recommended by the PAF Board.The promoted senior officers are: Air Vice Marshal Saeed Muhammad Khan, Air Vice Marshal Javaid Ahmed and Air Vice Marshal Rashid Kamal. Copyright APP (Associated Press of Pakistan), 2014 ...
PM to perform Umrah, pray for Pakistan's progress, prosperity JEDDAH: Prime Minister Mohammed Nawaz Sharif who arrived here in the early hours of Monday will perform Umrah and pray for the prosperity, solidarity and progress of Pakistan and its people.The Prime Minister during his stay will offer special nawafil keeping in view the significance of the last ten days of the Holy month of Ramzan and also offer his respects at the Roza-e-Rasool (Peace be Upon Him).The Prime Minister will also be meeting the ...
Saad asks PTI to eschew confrontational politics LAHORE: Pakistan Railways Minister Khawaja Saad Rafique Monday said the PTI leadership was staging protests on the roads for their own agenda instead of resolving issues through parliament.Talking to party workers at his constituency, he said the government had already constituted a committee for electoral reforms and a representative of the PTI was its member then, he questioned why it still wanted to hold long march against the democratic government.He said the nation was fighting ...
Merger of SIDB & SDA, setting Authority to boost industries: CM PESHAWAR: Khyber Pakhtunkhwa Chief Minister, Pervez Khattak Sunday agreed in principal with merger of Small Industries Development Board (SIDB) and Sarhad Development Authority (SDA) and establishing new autonomous body named Industrial Facilitation Authority (IFA) for promotion of small and large scale industries in the province. He was chairing a meeting about reviewing progress on decisions and measures for industrial development in the province at CM Secretariat here. He expressed the confidence that the new authority ...
PM constitutes cabinet committee for Independence ceremonies LAHORE: Prime Minister Muhammad Nawaz Sharif has constituted a special five-member cabinet committee to observe ceremonies regarding the Independence Day during August.According to a press release issued on Saturday, the committee comprises of PR Minister Khawaja Saad Rafique (preside the committee), Federal Information Minister Pervaiz Rasheed, Federal Minister for Inter-Provincial Coordination Riaz Hussain Pirzada, Minister of State for Petroleum and Natural resources Jaam Kamal Khan and Special Assistant of Prime Minister Irfan Siddiqui.It is pertinent ...
Monitoring of govt schools to be done by third party: Khuhro KARACHI: Senior Minister Education and Literacy Department Sindh, Nisar Ahmed Khuhro, has announced that the monitoring of government schools will be done by third party mainly through NGOs and donor agencies to improve the quality of education in public sector institutions.He was addressing a consultative meeting largely attended by education sector's stakeholders including experts, representatives of the NGOs, INGOs and Donor agencies.The Minister requested the representatives of NGOs and donors to support government and provide ...


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