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Govt committed to protecting rights of minorities: Nisar ISLAMABAD: Minister for Interior, Chaudhary Nisar Ali Khan Thursday said the government was committed to protecting rights of minorities as they were playing a vital role in development and prosperity of the country.He said this while addressing a ceremony held here to distribute cheques amongst Chaklala Church burning victims of 2014.The Minister said, being a democratic society it was collective responsibility to make efforts for promoting tolerance, sectarian harmony and upholding great national values.On the occasion, he also distributed cheques worth Rs 1.2 million amongst the affected persons. Copyright APP (Associated Press of Pakistan), 2015 ...

New Islamabad Airport to be completed by end of 2016: NA told ISLAMABAD: The National Assembly was informed on Thursday that New Islamabad Airport would be completed by the end of 2016.Minister of State for Parliamentary Affairs Shaikh Aftab Ahmed informed the House while responding to a calling attention notice of Ghulam Sarwar Khan, Asad Umar and others regarding delay in completion of new Islamabad Airport escalating cost from Rs 35 billion to Rs.85 billion causing concern amongst the public.The minister said there was unnecessary delay in ...
Scouting can play a vital role in promoting physical, mental development: President ISLAMABAD: President Mamnoon Hussain Thursday said Scouting can play a vital role in character development of youth and promoting their physical, mental and spiritual development to make them useful and good citizens.He was talking to a delegation of Rose Scouts (Girls Group) from Lyari, Karachi headed by Ms. Rahila Hameed Khan Durrani, Chief Commissioner, Pakistan Boy Scouts Association (PBSA) that called on him at the Aiwan-e-Sadr.The President hoped that Rose Group will provide opportunities for ...
Pak-India cricket series to ease tension: Arif Alvi ISLAMABAD: Central leader Pakistan Tehreek-e-Insaf (PTI) Dr Arif Alvi Thursday welcomed the government's decision to hold Pak-India cricket series in Sri Lanka and said it would ease tension between the two countries.Talking to media persons outside the Parliament House, Arif Alvi said that sports link was necessary and Indian Prime Minister Narendra Modi should also play his due role in this regard.To a question regarding local government elections in Sindh, PTI legislator said that the ...
Summary for recruiting 2,330 teachers sent for approval: NA told ISLAMABAD: The National Assembly was informed Thursday that on the recommendation of Cabinet Division, a summary for filling the vacancies of as many as 2,330 teachers has been sent to finance ministry for approval.Responding to questions during the question hour, State Minister for Capital Administration and Development, Dr. Tariq Fazal Chaurdry said that process for recruitment of 1025 teachers was already going on to overcome the shortage of staff in schools. The minister assured the ...
PPP always foil conspiracies against democratic institutions: Khursheed Shah SWAT: Leader of Opposition in the National Assembly Syed Khursheed Shah has said that PPP always stood against forces which tried to derail the democratic system in the country and recounted his party's relentless struggle to this effect. The PPP always fought against enemies of the democracy. He was addressing lawyers at Swat Bar Room and later talking to the media men here on Wednesday. The PPP foiled container conspiracy against democracy and played its ...
Last phase of local bodies polls to be completed on Dec 5: Ebad KARACHI: The last phase of the local bodies polls would be completed on December 5 for the devolution of power to the grassroots level.This was stated by Governor Sindh, Dr. Ishratul Ebad Khan, on Wednesday.He was talking to the participants of the National Defence University Islamabad's workshop who called on him at the Governor House here.Dr. Ishrat ul Ebad Khan said that fostering democratic thinking is essential for the acquisition of fruits of democracy at ...


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