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Pakistan - Politics & Policy

Sartaj, British NSA agree on cooperation in counter-terrorism, illegal migration ISLAMABAD: Adviser to Prime Minster on Foreign Affairs Sartaj Aziz and British National Security Adviser (NSA) Sir Mark Lyall-Grant have agreed to continue bilateral cooperation in counter-terrorism, organized crime and illegal migration.In a meeting that took place in London, Sartaj Aziz discussed bilateral cooperation under Pakistan-UK Enhanced Strategic Dialogue (ESD), a Foreign Office said issued here Wednesday.The Adviser appreciated the UK's support and assistance in countering the extremist threat.He briefed Mark Lyall-Grant on the initiatives taken by Pakistan to improve the security situation including the ongoing military offensive `Zarb-e-Azb' and the National Action Plan (NAP).The Adviser also highlighted Pakistan's policy of "peaceful neighbourhood" and briefed his interlocutor on the steps taken by Pakistan to improve relations with its neighbours including India and Afghanistan.The British NSA commended Pakistan's efforts to curb extremism and offered UK's continued support in timely and effective implementation of the National Action Plan.He also assured of the ...

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Defence Minister gives in-camera briefing to Senate on arrest of RAW spy      ISLAMABAD: Defence Minister Khwaja Asif on Wednesday gave in-camera briefing to Upper House of the Parliament about the arrest of a high profile spy of Research and Analysis Wing (RAW) Kalbhoshan Yadav operating across the country especially in Balochistan. The Minister on Tuesday informed the Senate that the arrest of RAW agent was a major breakthrough which has led to other leads and network of foreign agents which were being dismantled. He said it was ...

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SC directs provinces for early completion of LB election process  ISLAMABAD: The Supreme Court on Wednesday directed the Sindh and Punjab provinces to early complete the Local Bodies (LB) and Cantonment boards election process. The court also directed the provincial government of Balochistan to activate local government system through an ordinance otherwise the court would decide the matter. The court also directed the Advocate General of Sindh to submit reply on behalf of provincial government in a contempt of court application for not transferring the ...

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Health Minister launches Pakistan Health Information System ISLAMABAD: Minister of State for National Health Services, Regulations and Coordination Saira Afzal Tarar here on Wednesday launched Pakistan Health Information System (PHIS) carrying latest nationwide facts and figures on diseases.The minister said the system will provide updated information about disease indicators and strengthen coordination to manage and plan health initiatives on national level.The dashboard will assist policy makers and health managers in management of the prevalent health issues.The dashboard carries latest surveys including Pakistan ...

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Ahsan directs to formulate plan for construction of hydro power projects ISLAMABAD: Federal Minister Planning, Development and Reform Ahsan Iqbal Wednesday directed to formulate an integrated plan on hydro power projects to take up their construction work on fast track basis.This integrated plan should consider financial implications as well as demand and supply of power to be produced from these power plants.A working group must be immediately constituted to work out this integrated plan in shortest possible time.He issued these directives while chairing a high level ...

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Minorities enjoying complete religious freedom in Pakistan: Dastgir ISLAMABAD: Minister for Commerce Engineer Khurram Dastgir Khan Wednesday said minorities, including Christians, were enjoying complete religious freedom in the country.Talking to a private news channel, he said a huge amount was being spent to execute different development schemes in Christian localities for ensuring provision of various amenities of life to them.He said the last month bomb blast in Lahore showed that war against terrorism was not yet over and people belonging to all religions ...

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BISP to promote employment of beneficiaries: Marvi  ISLAMABAD: After launching E-commerce initiative, Benazir Income Support Programme (BISP) is on a drive to promote employment of its beneficiaries through skill development and job placement by partnering with entrepreneurs. This was stated by Minister of State and Chairperson BISP Marvi Memon during her visit to best start-ups in town in a bid to explore employment opportunities for BISP beneficiaries, said a news release issued here on Wednesday. The chairperson BISP visited Meraki Art Gallery, ...