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Saad unveils government's plan for Independence Day celebrations ISLAMABAD: Federal Minister for Railways Saad Rafique on Thursday announced government's plan for celebrating 68th Independence Day of Pakistan in a befitting manner.Addressing a press conference here, the minister said that the government had decided to celebrate Independence Day across the country by holding a range of ceremonies."These celebrations will commence on August 1 with prayer leaders in mosques, highlighting the struggle of our forefathers for an independent country and sacrifices rendered by martyrs for that purpose.He said the celebrations would continue during the entire month of August and all Pakistanis should raise national flag on their homes and vehicles."With the celebrations we will send a message of unity and solidarity to the internal and external enemies of Pakistan," he said.He said since independence, the Pakistani nation faced several problems but despite all odds its people remained steadfast. He said all political leadership would be invited to the Independence Day ...

Baloch urges KP Govt to utilize Rs.26bn for helping IDPs ISLAMABAD: Federal Minister for SAFRON, Lt General (Retd), Abdul Qadir Baloch has urged Khyber Pakhtunkhwa government to utilize Rs. 26 billion for helping internally displaced persons (IDPs).The KPK government was getting an extra amount from other provinces after the NFC award, he stated this while talking to Pakistan Television channel (PTV).He said that federal government was utilizing all available resources to provide required facilities to IDPs.The minister said that Pakistan Tehrek e Insaf (PTI) chief ...
More than 2.2 billion people 'poor or near-poor': UN report TOKYO: More than 2.2 billion people are "poor or near-poor", with financial crises, natural disasters, soaring food prices and violent conflicts threatening to exacerbate the problem, a United Nations report said Thursday.While poverty is in decline worldwide, growing inequality and "structural vulnerabilities" remain a serious threat, said the report by the United Nations Development Programme (UNDP), released in Tokyo.Nearly 1.5 billion people in 91 developing states live in poverty while another 800 million are teetering ...
Iraq parliament elects Fuad Masum president: speaker BAGHDAD: Iraq's parliament on Thursday elected veteran Kurdish politician Fuad Masum as federal president, a move that paves the way for the much-delayed formation of a new government.He succeeds the ailing Jalal Talabani, who returned only five days ago from 18 months of medical treatment in Germany to serve out his tenure.Parliament speaker Salim al-Juburi announced that Masum, who was born in 1938 and became the first prime minister of autonomous Iraqi Kurdistan more than ...
Former CJP Iftikhar Chaudhry files Rs 20bn defamation suit against Imran Khan ISLAMABAD: Former Chief Justice of Pakistan, Iftikhar Muhammad Chaudhry Thursday served Rs 20-billion defamation notice to Chairman Pakistan Tehreek-e-Insaaf (PTI) Imran Khan over hurling allegations of poll rigging in 2013 general elections.Talking to media outside the Supreme Court, Naseer Kiayani, Sheikh Ahsan-ud-Din and Taufeeq Asif lawyers of the former chief justice said the defamation notice had been served to Chairman PTI, seeking to apologize within 15 days and withdraw his statement against Iftikhar Chaudhry.The lawyers ...
Attack on bus in Iraq kills 52 prisoners, nine police BAGHDAD: A shooting and bombing attack on a bus near Baghdad killed 52 prisoners and nine policemen on Thursday, Ministry of Justice and medical sources said, the latest in a string of assaults on prisoners in Iraq.The motive for Thursday's killings was not immediately clear but Iraqi security forces and government affiliated Shi'ite militias appear to have unlawfully executed at least 255 prisoners over the past month in apparent revenge for killings by Sunni militants, ...


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