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SC seeks ministries reply over stranded Pakistanis repatriation ISLAMABAD: The Supreme Court on Wednesday directed the Ministry of Foreign Affairs and Cabinet Division to submit reply in a week over the decade long case regarding repatriation of stranded Pakistanis from Bangladesh.The three-member bench headed by Justice Amir Hani Muslim comprising Justice Ijaz Ahmed Chaudhry and Justice Mushir Alam resumed hearing of the Stranded Pakistanis General Repatriation Committee's (SPGRC) petition.During the proceedings, Deputy Attorney General Sohail Mahmood informed the court that the Foreign Ministry and Cabinet division were not cooperating despite several reminders.The court directed the respective ministries to submit reply in a week or their secretaries would be summoned.Director Cabinet Division Muhammad Aftab apprised the court that the High Court of Bangladesh had declared the stranded Pakistanis as Bengali citizens in 2003 and that decision was also upheld by the country's Supreme Court.The case was adjourned for an indefinite period. Copyright APP (Associated Press of Pakistan), 2015 ...

President Mamnoon attends Chinese New Year ceremony ISLAMABAD: President Mamnoon Hussain and First Lady Begum Mehmooda Mamnoon Hussain attended Chinese New Year ceremony celebrations here at Pakistan National Council of Arts (PNCA).Upon arrival, the President and the First Lady were warmly received by Chinese Ambassador Sun Weidong along with his wife.In the beginning of ceremony, President Mamnoon was presented his portrait by the Chinese Ambassador made by famous Chinese artist Li Quan. Various Chinese cultural troupes showed their performances in the ceremony, ...
Khurram urges PTI to work for good governance in KPK ISLAMABAD: Federal Minister of Commerce, Engineer Khurram Dastagir Khan, Tuesday urged Pakistan Tehrik e Insaf (PTI), to work for good governance in Khyber Pakhtunkhawa (KPK) for provision of better services to the people.Talking to a private news channel, he said that blame game would not resolve the problems of the people, adding that ensuring good governance would help address the issues in the province.He said that Punjab is making efforts to improve the system for ...
Justice Faisal Arab takes oath as SHC CJ KARACHI: Newly appointed Chief Justice of the Sindh High Court, Justice Faisal Arab took oath of the office on Tuesday.The Governor Sindh, Dr Ishrat Ul Ebad Khan administered the oath to senior judge at the lawns of the court. The ceremony was attended by the Sindh chief minister Syed Qaim Ali Shah, the Judges of SHC, other provincial authorities and the lawyers. The new CJ Faisal Arab while speaking to the media persons said he ...
SHC extends stay regarding expired arms licences KARACHI: The Sindh High Court on Tuesday extended till February 26 its stay, restraining the federal authorities from taking any coercive action in respect of arms licences expired on Dec 31, 2013.A two-judge bench, headed by Justice Nadeem Akhtar, adjourned the hearing after the federal authorities sought time to file reply to a contempt of court application filed against them for not complying with the court order regarding issuance of plastic card arms licences.The contempt ...
Balochistan CM condemns Lahore blast QUETTA: Balochistan Chief Minister Dr Abdul Malik Baloch has strongly condemned suicide bomb blast in Lahore which claimed at least five innocent lives. The chief minister, in a statement on Tuesday night, said terrorists, who were targeting innocent people, would be brought to justice. He prayed to Almighty Allah to rest the departed souls in eternal peace and grant courage and fortitude to the bereaved families to bear the loss. Copyright APP (Associated Press of ...
PSM's past glory will be revived: State Minister KARACHI: Minister of State for Parliamentary Affairs, Sheikh Aftab Ahmed, during his visit to Pakistan Steel Mill (PSM) here on Tuesday, assured maximum support on behalf of the government for revival and expansion of PSM "as we give great importance to this project."He pledged that this national asset will once again stand on its feet and revive its past glory, said a PSM statement.The Minister was given a detailed presentation about the present status of ...


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