ISLAMABAD: The federal cabinet held a meeting under the chairmanship of Prime Minister Nawaz Sharif on Friday with the premier taking the ministers into confidence of decisions taken during Thursday’s meeting of the Cabinet Committee on National Security.
The ministers also reviewed the country’s security and overall economic situation, along with the premier briefing them on his recent meeting with former president Asif Ali Zardari.
While addressing the meeting, Sharif said that $1.6 billion would be spent on the construction of an airport and a seaport in Gwadar.
He added that a heavy amount would also be spent on education, health, infrastructure and training of youth in Balochistan.
Prime Minister Nawaz Sharif has directed to complete Gwadar port extension project on priority basis to give a big boost to economic activities in the country .
Chairing a meeting of the federal cabinet here on Friday, he said that bringing peace in Baloch More details
ISLAMABAD: Supreme Court (SC) has dismissed petition filed by PTI chairman Imran Khan petition against the appointment of Qamar ul Zaman Chaudhry as chairman NAB.
A 3-memebr bench of SC headed by Justice Nasir ul Mulk took up the case for hearing Friday. Barrister Aitzaz Ahsan argued that as per article 224-A president has to act upon the advice of Prime Minister (PM).
Now the president makes only appointment and the remaining function has to be performed by PM and opposition leader of outgoing assembly. President is left with no other choice except to act upon the orders of the PM.
He said “ president is bound to act upon advice of PM despite having discretionary powers so much so that he can not celebrate his birth anniversary without the advice of the PM. No one can be declared guilty without solid evidence and trial. All the persons including More details
ISLAMABAD: The controversial Protection of Pakistan Ordinance (PPO) was presented in the Senate amid strong protests on Friday.
Federal minister Zahid Hamid presented the bill during today’s session presided over by Deputy Chairperson Sabir Baloch.
On this occasion, major opposition parties including Muttahida Qaumi Movement (MQM), Awami National Party (ANP), Pakistan People’s Party (PPP), Pakistan Muslim League-Quaid (PML-Q) protested against the ordinance.
Presenting the Bill Zahid Hamid said we have considerably changed the bill and as far as clauses related to detentions are concerned, they have been taken from already existing law of Anti-Terrorism Act 1997.
He said clauses related to location of the detainees are extracted from Article 10 of the constitution.
PPP Senator Raza Rabbani labelled the bill as a More details
KARACHI: Muttahida Qaumi Movement (MQM) representative Faisal Sabzwari said that the bodies of two missing MQM workers were found in Karachi’s Qayummabad area on Friday.
Speaking to media, he said that the names of both workers were included in the list presented by him in the Sindh Assembly on April 14. The list mentions 45 MQM workers who have allegedly gone missing since the targeted operation started in Karachi on September 7.
Sabzwari said that “we demonstrated against the extra-judicial killings of our workers, but instead of receiving a response from the government, the assembly was adjourned.”
He claimed that MQM’s Muhammad Ali Khan was arrested from Azad Kahmir on March 13 when he was visiting his sister in the area.
“His body was found from Qayummabad this morning,” he stated.
Another party worker, Muhammad Qasim, was taken into custody from J More details
PESHAWAR: Prof. Ibrahim, member of Taliban negotiating committee, has said the banned Tehrik-e-Taliban (TTP) can be agreed on ceasefire if the government met their demands.
“The major complaint they (Taliban) have is that their non-combatants are not being released. We are striving to convince them on the ceasefire but it is possible once the government released their prisoners,” Ibrahim spoke to media on Friday.
“We can find the way out if government demonstrated sincerity,” said Prof. Ibrahim who is also Jamaat-e-Islami leader.
He said both government and Taliban are in contact for the exchange of captives. “There should be no war at all cost. We hope the matters will not get worse.”
Taliban announced on Wednesday that they would not extend a ceasefire, but said they were still committed to the peace talks process. More details
ISLAMABAD: Fire erupted, due to short circuit in Jinnah Super Market, engulfing restaurants and other neighboring shops, while also partially damaging an adjoining multi-national bank.
SHO Thana Kohsar inspector Abid said that The fire which broke in this Thana Kohsar area spot at Cherry Berry restaurant and one fast food joint , due to a short circuit , which was immediately controlled by timely arrival of fire brigade within half an hour of struggle.
Yet still, the fire was so intense that it left quite enough of destruction in its wake, charring two restaurants, and damaging a multi-national bank and Cash and Carry store.
Police is investigation further into the incident. More details
MIRANSHAH: Tehreek-e-Taliban Pakistan (TTP) spokesman Shahidullah Shahid said that the militant group did not fire a single bullet during ceasefire.
Speaking to media from an unknown location, Taliban spokesperson Shahidullah Shahid said that the militant group can launch defensive attacks on government offices and buildings.
He also said that the federal government did not accept any of the conditions on which the peace process had to go forward. Shahidullah Shahid apprehended that some forces can launch attacks on public places after Taliban refused to extend ceasefire.
Shahidullah Shahid, further speaking on the occasion, stated that the federal government had lodged a root-out operation against Taliban militants. He added that Pakistani government kept the war-atmosphere alive during the ceasefire.
He added that there is no infigh More details
Islamabad: After the resignation of Senator Faisal Raza Abidi Peoples Party has started focusing on two names along with Qayym Somro for the vacant seat.
Sources told Online that Peoples Party has obtained the resignation from Faisal Raza Abidi on violating party discipline.
According to sources, Peoples Party is focusing on two names along with Qayyum Soomro for the vacant seat from Sindh and decision would be taken in the current week. More details
LAHORE: Railway police have recovered heavy weapons from a coach of Shalimar Express train on Friday.
As per details, three suspects identified as Haris, Shafi and Israr have been arrested for shifting the arms to Karachi without permit.
Amid tight security at Lahore Railway Station, the suspects managed to sneak weapons through security officials, CCTV cameras and walkthrough gates.
The weapons include 28 pistols, seven kalashnikov and more than thousand bullets.
Police have contacted the home ministry for further action in this regard. More details
LAHORE: Chief Minister of Punjab Mian Shahbaz Sharif said that the Nandipur power project was restored by the Pakistan Muslim League – Nawaz (PML-N) government within months.
Shahbaz Sharif chaired a key meeting here on Friday to discuss the ongoing work on Nandipur power project. Managing Director Nandipur Power Project, Commissioner Gujranwala, DCO Gujranwala and officers of various sectors were present in the meeting.
During the meeting, Shahbaz Sharif said that the power plant was the worst example of criminal negligence shown by the previous rulers. He added that the first turbine of the power plant will start functioning by the end of May 2014.
The 425 megawatt Nandipur power plant will be completed by December 2014. More details