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Prime Minister Nawaz Sharif on Wednesday said the government would work on a comprehensive strategy to prevent the occurrence of floods. He was addressing here a gathering at the launch of disbursement of first instalment worth Rs 25,000 as compensation to each flood-affected family under Khadim-e-Punjab Relief Package. The prime minister said that Pakistan was facing the brunt of climate change.

Finance Minister Senator Ishaq Dar had a luncheon meeting with Ambassador Robin Raphel here on Wednesday. During the meeting there was detailed discussion on the Diamer Bhasha with particular focus on generating much-needed finances for the project. The Minister also apprised Robin Raphael of modalities of the Pakistan-US Business Opportunities conference, saying it would be held as scheduled on October 8.
Pakistan supports all actions including the Bilateral Security Agreement (BSA) signed between the new Afghan government and the United States aimed at restoration of peace and stability in Afghanistan, Tasnim Aslam, Foreign Office Spokesperson said but did not respond to a query about Pakistan's major concern over Article-6 of the agreement, which deals with "external aggression."
Ministry of Water and Power on Wednesday refused to accept the ownership of coal power policy meant to establish 10 coal fired plants of 6600 MW at Gaddani (Balochistan) after Senate Standing Committee on Water and Power dubbed the policy as a mega scam and a highway robbery. "Coal power policy was approved by the ECC and Cabinet. Water and Power Ministry is not responsible for this policy," said Sohail Akbar Shah, Additional Secretary Ministry of Water and Power. He is also acting Managing Director, Private Power Infrastructure Board (PPIB).
Militants lobbed grenades at two small businesses and a private school in three separate attacks in Quetta on Wednesday, killing at least eight people and wounding 12, officials said. The first two incidents, which police said were ethnically motivated, took place in the south-west where a separatist insurgency is raging. They killed four people and wounded 11.
175th Corps Commanders' Conference was held at General Headquarters on Wednesday (today). General Raheel Sharif, Chief of Army Staff (CoAS) presided over the conference. Matters of professional interest were discussed during the meeting. A detailed briefing was given to the participants on internal and external security situation of the country.
The Supreme Court on Wednesday adjourned for an indefinite period the hearing of federation's plea against the removal of former army chief and President Pervez Musharraf's name from Exit Control List (ECL). On June 12, the Sindh High Court (SHC) announced its reserved judgement on the ECL case and a division bench removed Pervez Musharraf's name from the list, but suspended its own order for two weeks with a view to giving the government an opportunity to file an appeal against the judgment in the Supreme Court.
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