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Govt committed to protect women from all kinds of violence: Speaker ISLAMABAD: Speaker of the National Assembly Sardar Ayaz Sadiq Tuesday said the government is committed to emancipate women and protect them from all kinds of exploitation and violence.In a message on the International Day for Elimination of Violence against Women being commemorated throughout the world on November 25, the Speaker said violence against women is a serious human rights abuse that needs to be eliminated through coordinated efforts.The violence against women - both physical and mental - happens everywhere and its consequences last for generations, thus posing threats to social fabrics of societies around the globe, he added.The Speaker said political forces are determined to make Pakistan a place where everyone has the same opportunities to participate in all walks of life with dignity and self-esteem.The Parliament of Pakistan is fully aware of its responsibility to protect and guard the rights of women comprising more than half of the country's ...

Deceased Employees Package just a signature away: NA told ISLAMABAD: The National Assembly was informed on Tuesday that the Deceased Employees Package announced by the Prime Minister in respect of Federal government servants was just a signature away from implementation.The National Assembly adopted a resolution, demanding immediate steps for implementation of deceased employees package as announced by the Prime Minister in respect of Federal Government Servants.Earlier, when the Speaker of the National Assembly was informed by the Parliamentary Secretary Rana Afzal that the package ...
Bill to eradicate Riba System in Country introduced in NA ISLAMABAD: A private members bill (an Eradication of Riba Bill, 2015) on Tuesday was introduced in the National Assembly to eradicate interest based system in the country.The bill was moved by Jamaat-e-Islami lawmaker Sher Akbar in the House to amend the Code of Civil Procedure, 1908, the Contract Act, 1974, the West Pakistan Usurious Loans Ordinance, 1959, the Negotiable Instruments Act, 1881, the Land Acquisition Act, 1984, the State Bank of Pakistan Ordinance, 2001, the ...
Railways to introduce modern coaches of Karakoram Express LAHORE: Pakistan Railways Minister Khawaja Saad Rafique is inaugurating upgraded rake of Karakoram express train on Tuesday.According to the PR sources on Monday, members of Senate Standing Committee on Railways will also accompany him.It is pertinent to mention here the PR is introducing state of the art passenger coaches for commuters to facilitate them. The train runs between Lahore and Karachi. Copyright APP (Associated Press of Pakistan), 2015 ...
Efforts on to introduce local manufacturing of mobile handsets: Anusha ISLAMABAD: Minister of State for Information Technology and Telecommunications, Mrs. Anusha Rahman on Monday said local manufacturing of mobile handsets was being given priority to help ensure locally made handsets at affordable price.She said this while talking to Chief Executive Officer (CEO) of China Mobile, Liudian Fang, who called on her here.Anusha Rehman asked Chine Mobile to facilitate local manufacturing of handsets in Pakistan by introducing to Chinese vendors the "Concessionary Tax Regime" recently introduced ...
Accused of blasphemy in Jehlum arrested: Rana Sana FAISALABAD: Punjab Law Minister Rana Sana Ullah Khan said here on Monday that accused involved in committing blasphemy in Jehlum had been arrested. Hence, there is no need to exploit this incident which is purely an act of an individual. Talking to the media, he said that immediately after the incident in Jehlum, the police and the administration took prompt action while Chief Minister Punjab Shahbaz Sharif had also taken notice of the incident. The ...
Govt making all-out efforts for infrastructure development: Musadik ISLAMABAD: Spokesperson to Prime Minister Dr Musadik Malik has said that the government is making all out efforts for infrastructure development in the country.Talking part in a Radio Pakistan's programme Hafta-e-Rafta, he said the government is also determined to make development in all sectors to facilitate the common man. The spokesperson said the Prime Minister is trying to facilitate the people by making the travelling comfortable.Copyright PPI (Pakistan Press International), 2015 ...


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