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Pakistan urges humanitarian approach to resolve refugee crisis; Denial of asylum to Muslims morally wrong UNITED NATIONS: Pakistan has called for a "clear, resolute and unified" approach based on humanitarian principles to tackle the unprecedented refugee crisis in the Mediterranean basin, while deploring efforts to spread hate and Islamophobia after the terrorist attacks in Paris. Speaking in a General Assembly meeting devoted principally to Syrian asylum-seekers, Pakistan UN Ambassador Maleeha Lodhi said that some nations had blatantly declared they would not accept Muslim refugees, but "compassion has no religion". She noted that "fear is being fanned by some to accentuate discrimination, blunt humanitarianism, and spread hate and Islamophobia." Denial of asylum to Muslim refugees by some countries was legally, politically and morally untenable, the Pakistani envoy said in a well-reasoned speech. "The moral compass of those who refuse refugees of any faith must be questioned." A series of interlocking crises and conflicts raging across the Middle East and Africa had been precipitated by misguided military ...

Projects being launched in larger interest of country: Saad LAHORE: Federal Minister for Pakistan Railways Khawaja Saad Rafique said that China-Pakistan Economic Corridor (CPEC) would be a game changer which would not be allowed to politicize.Addressing a function at PTCL Colony Tufail Road, here on Saturday, he said that if one wanted to represent people than he should know the problems of masses and way to solve them.The minister further said the country was moving in right direction towards progress under the dynamic leadership ...
No divide on registration of Deeni Madaris: Sardar Yousaf RAWALPINDI: Dispelling the impression of any divide on registration of Deeni Madaris (religious seminaries), federal minister for Religious Affairs and Inter-faith Harmony Sardar Muhammad Yousaf Sunday said there was complete unanimity among ulema of almost all schools of thought on the issue.He said a new proforma had been finalized which would be used to start process of their registration."A complete unanimity had emerged among ulema belonging to almost all schools of thought on the issue ...
Govt plans to break influence of middlemen in agri business: Bosan ISLAMABAD: Minister for National Food Security and Research, Sikandar Hayat Khan Bosan has said that the government is planning to break the strong influence of middlemen in business of agriculture produce by increasing markets in the rural areas. "I have suggested the provincial governments to chalk out a comprehensive plan to facilitate the farmers by reducing the influence of brokers", Sikandar Hayat Bosan said. The minister lamented that the poor farmer had no option but ...
LB election results validated 2013 mandate of PML-N: Ayaz ISLAMABAD: Speaker National Assembly Sardar Ayaz Sadiq has said Local Bodies (LB) election results had validated the mandate of Pakistan Muslim League Nawaz (PML-N) and transparency of general elections 2013.In an interview to PTV news he said, it had become a habit of Pakistan Tehreek-e-Insaf (PTI) to level rigging allegations after every election defeat. PTI accepted results of Khyber Pakhtuankhwa (KPK) elections and started hue and cry on Punjab's results where they faced defeats in ...
LB polls results show public trust in PML-N govt: Governor Rajwana KHANEWAL: Punjab Governor Rafiq Ahmad Rajwana said on Saturday that first and second phase of local bodies polls resulted in defeat to political rivals of PML-N and described it was an expression of trust by the people on the policies of Prime Minister Muhammad Nawaz Sharif. Governor said this while addressing a ceremony after inauguration of Multan-Khanewal section of M4 Motorway by Prime Minister Nawaz Sharif in Khanewal Saturday.Rajwana expressed happiness over completion of the ...
Senate Chairman exhorts students to acquire education, serve country KARACHI: Senate Chairman, Mian Raza Rabbani, has urged the students to concentrate towards acquisition of knowledge and then serve the country in an effective manner as part of the duty.He was addressing as chief guest at the annual convocation 2014- 15 of Habib Public School here on Saturday.On the occasion, he distributed certificates among 178 students of the school.Habib Public School Karachi is also the alma mater of the Senate Chairman.Some of the ex-students and ...


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