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Ahsan sees breakthrough in dialogue with PTI LAHORE: Federal Minister for Planning and Development, Ahsan Iqbal hoped the nation will see a breakthrough in the dialogue between government and Pakistan Tehreek-e-Insaf (PTI) during the next couple of days.He was talking to media after attending International Symposium on "Youth Led Community Development" arranged by Education for Sustainable Development (ESD) at a local hotel on Thursday.The minister said the government feels "happy" as PTI has once again agreed for dialogue, adding that the both sides would try to resolve the issues on table."No state can make progress without political stability. Everybody must work together for the country's prosperity", he said.Ahsan Iqbal said the government needs cooperation from all the political leaders as it cannot resolve major crises alone."We should show unity for resolving all the long standing issues of the country instead of making decisions on roads. We have to fight against poverty, loadshedding, un-employment and other issues".To a ...

Air Chief presents Rs 32mn cheque to PM for IDPs ISLAMABAD: Chief of the Air Staff, Air Chief Marshal Tahir Rafique Butt, Wednesday called on Prime Minister Muhammad Nawaz Sharif and presented a cheque of Rs 32 million for the internally displaced persons (IDPs).Professional matters relating to the Pakistan Air Force (PAF) came under discussion during the meeting here at the Prime Minister House.The Prime Minister appreciated the role of PAF in operation Zarb-e-Azb, said a press release.Copyright APP (Associated Press of Pakistan), 2014 ...
FESCO issues shutdown notice FAISALABAD: The Faisalabad Electric Supply Company (FESCO) has issued a shutdown notice for necessary repair, maintenance and expansion of the electricity lines. According to the notice issued by the company here on Wednesday, power supply from Jhang Bazaar and Imran Bargah Road feeders emanating from 132-KV Factory Area grid station, Mansooran feeder originating from 132-KV Small Industrial Estate grid station, Rasool Park feeder emanating from 132-KV OTP grid station, Bhalwal and Gatti feeders originating from ...
SC rejects police inquiry report of F-8 Kutchery gun, bomb attack  ISLAMABAD: The Supreme Court on Wednesday rejected police inquiry report of F-8 Kutchery gun-and-bomb attack in the federal capital and directed the Police to submit a detailed fresh report of the incident and negligence of police by January 14.The three-member bench headed by Chief Justice Nasir-Ul-Mulk comprising Justice Gulzar Ahmed and Justice Mushir Alam resumed hearing of the case.The court also directed the Attorney General for Pakistan to submit a report regarding compensation paid to ...
Pervaiz Rashid congratulates Malala for Nobel Peace Prize ISLAMABAD: Minister for Information, Broadcasting and National Heritage Senator Pervaiz Rashid on Wednesday congratulated Malala Yousafzai on being conferred a Nobel prize for peace.In a message, the Minister said that Malala had made the entire nation proud by winning the prestigious award.He hoped that she would succeed in her efforts to spread light of education in the world. Copyright APP (Associated Press of Pakistan), 2014 ...
President felicitates Malala on receiving Nobel Prize ISLAMABAD: President Mamnoon Hussain on Wednesday felicitated Malala Yousafzai on receiving the Nobel Peace Prize and becoming the youngest recipient of the prestigious prize.The President, in his message of felicitation, said the nation is proud of Malala Yousafzai and stands by the brave activist for risking her life to fight for children's rights.He lauded the struggle of the youngest ever Nobel laureate for campaigning for girls education all over the world. Malala Yousafzai, he said, ...
President accepts Baig's resignation as BISP chairman ISLAMABAD: President Mamnoon Hussain has approved the advice of the Prime Minister to accept the resignation tendered by Enver Baig from the post of Benazir Income Support Programme (BISP) chairman.The approval was given on a summary initiated by Establishment Division and the resignation of the BISP chairman was accepted with effect from 25.11.2014, said a press release here on Tuesday.Meanwhile on a summary initiated by Cabinet Division, the President also approved the advice of Prime ...


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