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Farmers' interests to be safeguarded: CM LAHORE: Punjab Chief Minister Muhammad Shahbaz Sharif said on Tuesday that the interests of farmers would be safeguarded like the previous years and payments to them for their produce at the fixed rate will be ensured. Addressing a meeting to review various proposals with regard to the wheat procurement campaign for the year 2015-16, he said that with the grace of Almighty Allah there had been a bumper wheat crop this year.He said that all necessary measures would be taken for stabilizing wheat prices and it would also be ensured that farmers were not affected by the low price of wheat and slump in the international market.The CM said that the campaign would be launched at the end of April in Punjab and gunny bags would be distributed among the cultivators in accordance with the settled policy.He said that the system of distribution of gunny bags would be just and ...

SC withdraws show-cause notice to FIA team in Hajj corruption case ISLAMABAD: The Supreme Court on Tuesday disposed of the Hajj corruption suo-motu case after submission of unconditional apology by Federal Investigation Agency (FIA) officials for their negligence in investigation.The two-member bench, headed by Justice Ejaz Afzal Khan, withdrew the show-cause notice after going through the report submitted by the FIA officials that final challan against the accused involved in Hajj corruption case, had been presented before the trial court in compliance with the apex court's ...
Pakistan to protect Saudi sovereignty at every cost: Minister LAHORE: Federal Minister for Religious Affairs and Interfaith Harmony, Sardar Muhammad Yousuf has said that Pakistan is ready to protect sovereignty of Saudi Arabia at every cost.Addressing a conference on inter-religion harmony held under the aegis of World Council of Religions Pakistan here at Alhamra Cultural Complex on Tuesday, he reiterated the government's firm resolve to safeguard holy places in Saudi Arabia including 'Harmain Sharifaen'.He said that Pakistan was a responsible state and it would ...
Global warming biggest challenge of present century: Mushahid Ullah Khan ISLAMABAD: Federal Minister for Climate Change, Senator Mushahid Ullah Khan on Tuesday said that global warming, which continues to unleash devastating impacts in different parts of the world including Pakistan has emerged to be the biggest challenge of present century."Existence of mankind has been at stake because of climate change, it has increased frequency in flash floods, forest fires, torrential rains, led to sea-level rise, melting of glaciers at a higher pace and depleting river ...
Shah Mahmood lauds Rangers performance MULTAN: Pakistan Tehrik-e-Insaf senior leader Shah Mahmood Qureshi Tuesday lauded the performance of Rangers in restoring peace in Karachi after relentless efforts.Talking to local delegation of his party, he said that Rangers had unmasked the elements who were sabotaging peace of Karachi for the last so many years. He said the vision of PTI on national and international issues had been acclaimed widely. He said his party would bring remarkable change in the country, if ...
ANP demands local election on party basis PESHAWAR: The Awami National Party (ANP) Central President Asfandyar Wali Khan here Tuesday demanded for holding the local bodies' elections in Khyber Pakthunkhwa on party basis. Addressing a press-conference here, the ANP Chief said his party would support local bodies elections on party basis. The role of political parties in education and service delivery was very important in democratic setup and urged Pakistan Tahrik e Insaf to make arrangements for local bodies elections in time ...
Pakistan willing to play role in resolving Yemen conflict: Marvi ISLAMABAD: Chairperson Benazir Income Support Programme (BISP) Marvi Memon has said that the government is willing to play role for resolving Yemen conflict.Talking to a news channel, she said being an Islamic country and Nuclear state, Pakistan had some responsibilities and it was playing its due role in this regard.Marvi said Pakistan would not directly involve in any conflict ,however, any threat to the integrity of Saudi Arabia was a matter of concern for the ...


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