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Senate standing body chief opposes any to move to privatise PIA KARACHI: The Chairperson of the Senate Standing Committee on Cabinet Secretariat, Senator Kulsoom Parveen has opposed any move to privatize Pakistan International Airlines (PIA) and demanded steps for revival of its lost glory.Presiding over a meeting of the Senate body at PIA headquarters here on Friday, she said that the airline should be provided new aircraft.She also demanded of the government to waive the interest on PIA's loans to make it financially viable.Senator Kulsoom Parveen said that she would take up the issues of PIA on the floor of the House.The Chairperson also assured the representatives of the various employees unions of PIA that their genuine problems would be redressed on priority basis.The Chairperson and members of the Standing Committee also called for effective steps for further improvement in flight operation.They assured that full support will be provided for the revival of the national airline.Senators Dr. Saeeda Iqbal, Mir Muhammad ...

Senate Standing Committee condemns insulting French publication ISLAMABAD: Senate Standing Committee on Foreign Affairs in its meeting has condemned the insulting French publication in strongest possible ways by passing a unanimous resolution.It sent a copy of the resolution to the Foreign Office so that the latter can convey the same to ambassadors in Pakistan.The meeting was held under the chairmanship of Senator Haji Muhammad Adeel at the Parliament House here on Friday.The resolution said, "The Senate Foreign Relations Committee, representing the sentiments ...
Notice to ministry on petrol shortage LAHORE: The Lahore High Court Friday issued notices to the Petroleum Ministry and Pakistan State Oil for January 20 on a petition against shortage of petrol.Justice Shahid Waheed issued the notices on a petition filed by Gohar Nawaz Sindhu Advocate.Earlier, the petitioner-counsel arguing before the court submitted that it was duty of the government to ensure provision of basic necessities. However, the province had been facing shortage of petrol for the past few days, he ...
CM approves reforms in health sector LAHORE: Punjab Chief Minister Muhammad Shahbaz Sharif on Friday gave approval to various measures for the uplift of the health sector.Presiding over a meeting here, the chief minister gave approval to upgradation of nursing schools and giving them status of nursing colleges and announced that four center-of- excellence nursing colleges would be set up in the Punjab.He also gave approval of pilot project of setting up district health authorities in three districts of the province.The ...
New Islamabad airport to be operational by Oct 2016: NA told ISLAMABAD: The new Islamabad international airport including its signal free approach road would be completed by October 2016, Parliamentary Secretary Raja Javed Ikhlas told National Assembly on Friday.Replying to the question of Naeema Kishwar Khan, he said the project, inaugurated in 2007 has been delayed due to various reasons. The cases of the responsible of the delay and corruption in the project were being referred to National Accountability Bureau (NAB).The initial cost of the project ...
SC forms five benches for next week ISLAMABAD: Chief Justice of Pakistan, Justice Nasir-Ul-Mulk has constituted five benches at the principal seat to hear a number of important cases during the next week, starting from Monday.The first bench comprising Chief Justice, Nasir-Ul-Mulk, Justice Amir Hani Muslim and Justice Ijaz Ahmed Chaudhry would hear a number of important cases including review petition on behalf of Anjum Aqeel against action taken on the news clipping regarding scandal of billions of rupees of National Police ...
IHC for promotion of 27 bureaucrats ISLAMABAD: The Islamabad High Court (IHC) directed the federal government to promote bureaucrats from BPS-20 to BPS-21 within three days whose promotion had been stopped.The bureaucrats, who were recommended by the Central Selection Board (CSB) for promotion in a petition maintained that the federal government ordered to review their promotion cases.The Chief Justice IHC Justice Muhammad Anwar Khan Kasi had earlier declared the order to the CSB to review the promotion cases of as many ...


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