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2017 will be year of PIA's restoration: Ahsan ISLAMABAD: Federal Minister for Planning Development and Reforms Ahsan Iqbal Saturday said 2017 would be the year of the restoration of Pakistan International Airlines (PIA).He also directed PIA's senior management to develop a comprehensive two-year plan for its restoration by January 26 so it could be presented to the Prime Minister for approval.Ahsan Iqbal was chairing a meeting of the special committee formed by ECC to supervise reforms of PIA, said a statement issued here.The meeting was also attended by Special Assistant to the Prime Minister Haroon Akhtar and Tariq Bajwa.Ahsan Iqbal said a clear and shared vision, strict adherence to merit, focusing on human resource development, accountability, focus on core functions and customer service were essential elements to the make PIA a world class Airline.It was the last chance for THE employees and management to fix and turnaround PIA because it could not be allowed to become another Steel ...

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No compromise on Baloschistan's development: Zehri ISLAMABAD: Balochistan Chief Minister Nawab Sanaullah Zehri Saturday said people of the province would not compromise in any manner on the development process, initiated by Prime Minister Muhammad Nawaz Sharif.The people like Imran Khan (IK) were doing politics of protests and sit-ins just to impede the development process but China Pakistan Economic Corridor (CPEC) would ultimately bring prosperity for the Baloch people, he said while addressing a press conference here at Balochistan House. Sardar Zehri ...

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UN launches $550 million Afghan aid appeal KABUL: The United Nations on Saturday launched a $550 million humanitarian appeal for Afghanistan, where about a third of the population is in need of assistance. Around 9.3 million people will be in need of help this year, a 13 per cent jump from last year, according to the UN.The increase is due to the number of people in Afghanistan fleeing their homes in 2016 because of fighting between government forces and Taliban insurgents, and ...

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COAS directs quick evacuation, best medical care for Parachinar victims RAWALPINDI: Chief of Army Staf (COAS) General Qamar Javed Bajwa on Saturday directed for carrying out quick evacuation and provision of best medical care to the blast victims in Parachinar."The COAS directs for quick evacuation, best medical care to victims of Parachinar blast," tweet message by Director General Inter Services Public Relations (ISPR) Major Gen Asif Ghafoor here read.The COAS said that the terrorists will fail in their attempt to regain lost relevance, the tweet ...

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Deserted soldier Chandu Babulal hands over to India RAWALPINDI: Sepoy Chandu Babulal Chohan, an Indian Army soldier, stationed in Indian occupied Kashmir, had deserted his post at Line of Control (LOC) due to his grievances of maltreatment at the hands of his commanders.He will fully crossed LOC on September 29, 2016 and surrendered himself to Pakistan Army, as tweeted by Director General Inter Services Public Relations (ISPR) Major Gen Asif Ghafoor here on Saturday."As gesture of goodwill and in continuation of our efforts ...