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Shahbaz reviews institutional reform      LAHORE: Punjab Chief Minister Muhammad Shahbaz Sharif here Sunday reviewed in detail various proposals regarding institutional reforms for capacity-building of provincial departments. The chief minister said that reformation of departments was essential to improve service delivery system, and solid decisions and measures were necessary for changing lives of the nations. He said, institutions' perfomance could be improved through a system of reward and punishment, besides introducing an IT-based ACR (Annual Confidential Report) system. Punjab government, he added, had built capacity of institutions through information technology. The Chief Minister said, there was a need to evolve an effective system for improving efficiency of departments for providing relief to the citizens. He also issued instructions for setting a six-member committee that would submit recommendations within eight days for institutional reforms. Shahbaz Sharif said that vision, implementation and hard work were essential for success and speedy measures would have to be adopted to ...

CM condoles with Hafiz Naeem's family LAHORE: Punjab Chief Minister Muhammad Shahbaz Sharif on Sunday condoled with the family members of Hafiz Muhammad Naeem of Kasur, who was killed during violence in Yuhanabad.He went to his house and expressed his sympathies with the parents and the family of Hafiz Muhammad Naeem and also offered Fateha. He assured that justice will be provided at every cost.Talking to parents of Hafiz Muhammad Naeem, the chief minister said elements which burnt to death human ...
Emir of Qatar due on Monday ISLAMABAD: Emir of the State of Qatar, Sheikh Tamim Bin Hamad Al-Thani, will arrive here Monday on a two-day (March 23-24) visit to Pakistan on the invitation of Prime Muhammad Nawaz Sharif. The Emir will be accompanied by a high-level delegation including cabinet ministers, Chairman of Qatar Airways and senior government officials. The Emir and members of his delegation will be accorded a warm welcome on arrival. It may be mentioned that Sheikh Tamim Bin ...
Karachi operation launched on MQM's demand: Khurshid Shah ISLAMABAD: Opposition Leader in the National Assembly Syed Khurshid Shah Saturday said it was the demand of Mutahida Qaumi Movement (MQM) to launch operation in Karachi against criminal elements through Army.Talking to a news channel, he said all the political parties decided with consensus to launch operation in Karachi in order to establish durable peace, adding, after the operation the law and order situation in the city had improved.Khurshid Shah said Karachi was the economic ...
Finance Minister phones various political leaders ISLAMABAD: Finance Minister, Ishaq Dar made Saturday phoned various political leaders, formally informing them about the agreement between PML-N and PTI regarding formation of the Judicial Commission.The leaders the Finance Minister called, included Leader of Opposition in National Assembly, Syed Khurshid Shah, Amir Jamaat-i-Islami (JI), Sirajul Haq, Senator Rehman Malik, Baloch National Party's (BNP) Hasil Bazinjo, Chairman Senate, Raza Rabbani, Barrister Aitzaz Ahsan PPP, MQM Leader, Farooq Sattar and G G Jamal, according to a ...
Govt committed to safeguard existing forest resources, increase areas under forests: Mushahid Ullah  ISLAMABAD: Federal Minister for Climate Change Mushahid Ullah Khan has said that the government is committed to safeguard existing forest resources and increase area under forests from below 5 percent of the total land mass of the country. "In this goal, I will leave no stone unturned to achieve this ambitious goal for the sake of our present and future generation's healthy lives and sustainable environment," he made these remarks in a statement issued on ...
Polling to elect four Senators from FATA underway ISLAMABAD: Polling for electing four members of the Senate from FATA is underway here Friday at the parliament.Thirty-six contestants are in the run for four senate seats. Polling began at 9 am and would continue till 4 pm.Seven members of National Assembly from the FATA have polled their votes so far, while remaining four members of the FATA belonging to PML-N, PTI and JUI-F have announced to boycott the electionCopyright APP (Associated Press of Pakistan), ...


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