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Pakistan - Politics & Policy

NA adopts resolutions to declare Holi, Dewali, Easter as closed holidays ISLAMABAD: The National Assembly on Tuesday adopted resolution to take steps to declare Holi, Dewali and Easter as closed holiday for ministries.The resolution was moved by Dr. Ramesh Kumar Vankwani that, "This house is of the opinion that government should take steps to declare Holi , Deali and Easter as closed holidays for minorities."State Minister for Religious Affairs, Pir Aminul Hasnat Shah speaking in the house said that Interior Ministry has already given permission to heads of the organizations/departments/institutions to grant leave to minorities on their religious festivals. Federal Minister for Laws and Justice said that all Pakistanis equally share each others joy and sorrow.He said that there is no discrimination on basis of religion and faith, adding every citizen is enjoying religious freedom.He said that number of holidays in Pakistan are more than any other country and they should reconsider it. He said that he is not opposing the ...

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Bye election in NA-153 on March 17 ISLAMABAD: The Election Commission will hold bye-elections in NA-153 on March 17.According to ECP, security arrangements for conducting bye polls in the said constituency have been finalized.ECP also established a control room under the supervision of Director General of (Elections) to receive polling day complaints.Moreover,Pakistan Army will be deploy to perform duties during bye-election inside and outside of the Polling Stations.Copyright APP (Associated Press of Pakistan), 2016 ...

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6 private member bills introduced in NA ISLAMABAD: As many as six private member bills were introduced in the National Assembly on Tuesday while a bill moved by Saman Sultana Jafri seeking amendment in the Higher Education Commission Ordinance 2002 was rejected.Speaker National Assembly Sardar Ayaz Sadiq referred all the bills to the concerned committees after non-opposing by the treasury benches.These bills included the Constitution (Amendment) Bill, 2016 (Amendment) of Article 224A), the Constitution (Amendment) Bill, 2016] (Amendment) of Article 77), the ...

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Govt taking measures for progress of Balochistan: Shehbaz LAHORE: A parliamentary delegation of Balochistan led by Senator Usman Khan Kakar met Punjab Chief Minister Muhammad Shehbaz Sharif here on Monday.Matters of mutual interest were discussed during the meeting. Speaking on the occasion, the CM said that there was a need of collective efforts for the progress and prosperity of the country. He said the Punjab government had included students of Balochistan, Khyber Pakhtunkhwa, Sindh, Gilgit-Baltistan and Azad Kashmir in its educational programmes and ...

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Govt ready to amend controversial sections of Women Bill: Sanaullah LAHORE: Punjab Law and Parliamentary Affairs Minister Rana Sanaullah on Monday said that provincial government was ready to bring amendments in disputed sections of Women Protection Bill 2016.Addressing a joint press conference with Ulema here, he said that resentments had been showed after the passage of the bill which earlier remained under discussion for eight months in the assembly and the government studied the bill for two years.The minister said that government brought eight amendments ...

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SC disposes of former chairman NAB's application ISLAMABAD: The Supreme Court on Monday disposed of a petition filed by Admiral (r) Fasih Bukhari former chairman National Accountability Bureau (NAB) against former Chief Justice Iftikhar Chaudhry over withdrawal. The five-member larger bench of the apex court headed by Chief Justice Anwar Zaheer Jamali heard the case. During the course of proceedings, Babar Awan appeared before the bench and stated that his client wanted to withdraw his application as the former Chief Justice has ...

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Pakistan, Turkey have deep friendly ties: Ebad KARACHI: Governor Sindh Dr.Ishrat ul Ebad Khan has said that the people of Pakistan and Turkey have deep rooted relationship and ties are being further cemented with the passage of time as it is based on sincerity and mutual respect.This he said while talking with a 25-member delegation of Pak-Turk School at Governor House here on Monday.Ebad said that Turkey has always taken lead to help its Pakistani brethren in case of any natural disaster ...