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Pakistan - Politics & Policy

PML-N to form next AJK govt as "single largest party": Farooq Haidar MUZAFFARABAD: President of Pakistan Muslim League-Nawaz (PML-N) AJK-Chapter Raja Farooq Haider Khan Tuesday expressed the confidence that his party would emerge as the "largest single party" in Thursday's general elections and form the next government in Azad Jammu and Kashmir. "Despite all odds, delaying tactics of appointing the Chief Election Commissioner (CEC) by the sitting government of PPP in AJK and some flaws in the voters' list, PML-N will be victorious in the polls by the grace of Allah Almighty," he told APP. As per the constitutional requirement, he said, the appointment of CEC should had been made on April 9, 2015, but the AJK government delayed it willfully casting doubts on transparency of the final voters' list. In 2011, he said some ministers of the Pakistan Peoples Party (PPP) government in AJK had got registered some doubtful votes, which were needed to be removed from the list. He said ...

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Power projects delayed due to sit-ins: Shehbaz Sharif LAHORE: Punjab Chief Minister Muhammad Shehbaz Sharif Monday said that a lot of work had been done under the leadership of Prime Minister Muhammad Nawaz Sharif to cope with energy crisis.He said that power projects were delayed due to sit-ins staged by the elements against development of the country and prosperity of masses. He said that energy projects under China Pakistan Economic Corridor were being speedily implemented and 1320 megawatts Sahiwal Coal Power Plant would ...

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President for innovative approach towards science ISLAMABAD: President Mamnoon Hussain Monday called for changing the traditional mode of thinking for a creative and innovative approach towards science to come at par with developed countries.The President made the remarks while addressing the inaugural ceremony of the 41st International Nathiagali Summer College on Physics and Contemporary Needs.President Mamnoon called for immediate measures for changing the curriculum to attain scientific progress.The President lauded the efforts of Pakistan Atomic Energy Commission (PAEC) over the past ...

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National Quality Infrastructure Institutions imperative for harmonizing standards: Tanveer ISLAMABAD: Minister for Science and Technology Rana Tanveer Hussein Monday said that the development and upgradation of National Quality Infrastructure (NQI) institutions were important for promoting harmonization of standards at international and regional level.Addressing the inaugurative session of a three day UNIDO-ECO Expert Group Meeting here, he said Ministry of Science and Technology has formulated a National Quality Policy. The first step towards establishing an internationally recognized NQI is to ensure good governance and create ...

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Senate urges int'l community to take notice of Indian forces atrocities in occupied Kashmir  ISLAMABAD: The Senate on Monday strongly condemned the recent wave of brutal and extra-judicial killings of Kashmiri Muslims and called upon the international human rights organizations, the United Nations, the OIC and the international community to take notice of the atrocities, besides taking appropriate steps for stoppage of the same. Veteran politician Syed Muhashid Hussain Syed on behalf of all members moved the resolution in the House, which also strongly condemned maiming of boys and ...

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Ambassador of Argentina calls on Finance Minister ISLAMABAD: The newly appointed Ambassador of Argentina, Ivan Ivanissevich called on Finance Minister, Senator Ishaq Dar here on Monday.Finance Minister welcomed Ivan Ivanissevich on assuming his responsibilities as Ambassador to Pakistan, said a statement.The visiting envoy shared with the Finance Minister, the current profile of Argentinean economy and the challenges faced by the government, particularly those relating to the economic situation.He said the challenges were similar to the ones faced by Pakistan a few years ...

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Universal Service Funds (USF) funds being spent transparently, Senate told ISLAMABAD: Minister of State for Information Technology Anusha Rehman Khan Monday said that the amount of Universal Service Funds (USF) was being spent under a proper mechanism and the USF board had representation of both public and private sectors. She was winding debate in the Senate on motion of Senator Muhammad Usman Khan Kakar’s motion regarding spending of money of Universal Service Funds in other heads instead of telecom sector. The Minister said towers would ...