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CM directs officials to retrieve encroached state land KARACHI: Chief Minister Sindh Syed Qaim Ali Shah has expressed apprehension over the increasing trend of encroachment on state land. He directed the Senior Member Board of Revenue to revive and strengthen the Special Anti Encroachment Cell (SAEC) of the revenue department, and get the these lands evacuated from the land grabber without fail. Chairing a meeting about village regularisation programme here on Wednesday he also directed the senior member BOR to expedite the process of regularization of old villages surrounding Karachi City which were established centuries ago but the residents were deprived of proprietary rights. The meeting was briefed that out of 203 surveyed villages, 104 have been regularized while 99 were yet to be regularized but process was halted because of the orders of apex court. Copyright APP (Associated Press of Pakistan), 2014 ...

Federal, provincial govts on same page against terrorism: CM KARACHI: Chief Minister Sindh, Syed Qaim Ali Shah, has said that federal and provincial governments were on same page for dealing with the menace of terrorism.He was speaking at a consultative workshop to envisage strategy to cope with monsoon calamities and natural disasters and later talking to media persons on Wednesday. The workshop was organized by Provincial Disaster Management Authority (PDMA) Sindh. The CM said attack on Karachi airport was a challenge that was successfully ...
Parliament best forum to discuss national issues: Irfan ISLAMABAD: Advisor to Prime Minister on National Affairs Irfan Siddique, on Wednesday said that Parliament was the best forum to discuss national issues.He said that protest was the right of any citizen under the democratic system.He said that discussing non issues on roads with public gathering would not help improve the system.Irfan Saddiqui said that a committee would be constituted to bring electoral reforms.Talking to a private TV channel, he said that Chairman of the ...
CM condoles Marri' death LAHORE: Chief Minister Punjab Muhammad Shahbaz Sharif has expressed deep sense of sorrow and grief over the sad demise of Nawab Khair Buksh Marri, a nationalist leader and senior politician of Balochistan. In a condolence message, the Chief Minister said, Nawab Khair Buksh Marri was a seasoned and prominent politician. He prayed that may Allah Almighty rest the departed soul in eternal peace and grant courage and strength to the bereaved family to bear the ...
Peaceful, stable Afghanistan in Pakistan's interest: Ahsan ISLAMABAD: Minister for Planning, Development and Reform, Prof. Ahsan Iqbal has said that a peaceful and stable Afghanistan was in Pakistan's interest.Prof. Ahsan Iqbal stated this while meeting with Afghanistan's ambassador to Pakistan Janan Mosazai here ."Peace and security of Pakistan and Afghanistan are interlinked because presence of long porous border between the two neighboring countries ", Prof. Ahsan Iqbal remarked.Janan Mosazai and Prof. Ahsan Iqbal discussed various possibilities for enhancing cooperation between two countries, ...
MNAs call on PM ISLAMABAD: Members of the National Assembly Sardar Ashiq Hussain Gopang, Mian Imtiaz Ahmed, Rashid Ahmed Khan and Chaudhry Jaffar Iqbal on Wednesday separately called on Prime Minister Muhammad Nawaz Sharif at his chamber in the NA.They discussed with the Prime Minister development projects of their respective constituencies.They also reposed confidence in the leadership of Prime Minister and lauded government's policies on various issues, said a press release. Copyright APP (Associated Press of Pakistan), 2014 ...
Removal of name from ECL: IHC seeks reply from NAB, Interior ministry on Ashraf's plea ISLAMABAD: The Islamabad High Court on Wednesday issued notices to the Interior Ministry and the National Accountability Bureau on a plea of former Prime Minister (PM) Raja Pervez Ashraf, seeking removal of his name from Exit Control List (ECL).A two-member bench comprising Justice Noor-ul-Haq N Qureshi and Justice Shoukat Aziz Siddiqui resumed hearing of former Prime Minister's plea.During the course of hearing, Farooq H Naik counsel for petitioner apprised the bench that Raja Pervez Ashraf ...


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