Pakistan

Malala Yousafzai tipped for top European peace prize

Malala-YousafzaiIslamabad, Oct 9 : Malala Yousafzai, the Pakistani girl who was shot by the Taliban for promoting education for girls, was tipped to win this year's Sakhorav peace prize.

Sajjad Khan, the European member of parliament (MEP), tipped Malala for the Sakhorav peace prize for championing women's rights to education despite fresh threats against her life by the Taliban, the Associated Press of Pakistan (APP) reported.

Malala, 16, was shot in the head by two gunmen as she sat on a school bus in her hometown. The teenager was targeted by the Taliban in an effort to silence her vocal support of promoting education for girls.

I made ISI answerable to parliament: Gilani

Yousuf Raza GilaniIslamabad, Oct 7 : Former Pakistani prime minister Yousuf Raza Gilani claims to have made the army and the Inter-Services Intelligence (ISI) answerable to parliament.

In a Geo News programme, Gilani said he was the first prime minister who made the ISI and Pakistan army accountable to the country's parliament, The News International reported.

Gilani also said that he did not lament his decision to reinstate the judges of higher courts dismissed by then president Gen. Pervez Musharraf.

Court grants more security to Zardari

Asif-Ali-ZardariIslamabad, Oct 3 : A Pakistan court Thursday approved a petition filed by former president Asif Ali Zardari seeking more security as he feared for his life.

The Sindh High Court approved the petition in which Zardari sought private security guards and bullet-proof car with tinted glasses for security purposes, the Dawn newspaper reported.

The petition was filed by Zardari's attorney Abu Bakar Zardari a few days back.

According to Zardari, his wife and former Pakistan prime minister Benazir Bhutto was killed and he too feared that he would suffer the same fate at the hands of the Taliban.

Pakistan minister challenges Khurshid's comments

Ch-Nisar-Ali-KhanIslamabad, Sep 30 : Pakistan's Interior Minister Nisar Ali Khan has termed India's External Affairs Minster Salman Khurshid's jibe against the Pakistan Army as "unnecessary" and maintained there was no disharmony between the military and civilian government on all international issues.

In a statement issued Sunday night, Nisar said the Indian minister's comments were "unnecessary and against diplomatic norms", Dawn News quoted him as saying.

Nisar said it could hinder the peace process between the two countries, adding New Delhi was not serious in pursuing the dialogue with Pakistan.

Pakistan team leaves for snooker championship in Ireland

Pakistan team leaves for snooker championship in IrelandIslamabad, Sep 29 - Pakistan's two-member team Saturday left for Ireland to participate in the IBSF 6-Reds Championship and the World Team Snooker Championships starting Sunday, officials said.

The two-member team comprises of Muhammad Asif and Muhammad Sajjad departed to participate in the mega event scheduled to be held from Sept. 29 to Oct. 6 in Carlow, Ireland, reported Xinhua citing the Pakistan Billiard and Snooker Association (PBSA) President Alamgir Shaikh.

Sharif reaffirms support to Afghan peace

Nawaz-SharifIslamabad, Sep 27 : Pakistan Prime Minister Nawaz Sharif has said his country is committed to enhancing peace and stability in the region, particularly in Afghanistan.

Sharif was speaking to Anders Fogh Rasmussen, secretary general of the North Atlantic Treaty Organisation (NATO), on the sidelines of the UN General Assembly in New York, the Associated Press of Pakistan (APP) reported Friday.

He underlined his government's full support to an Afghan-led and Afghan-owned peace process in the shared goal of a comprehensive reconciliation.

Pakistan PM to address UN Sep 27

Nawaz-SharifIslamabad, Sep 19 : Pakistan's Prime Minister Nawaz Sharif will visit New York on Sep 23 to attend the UN General Assembly session, the country's foreign ministry said Thursday.

Foreign Office spokesman Aizaz Ahmed Chaudhry told media in Islamabad that during the prime minister's weeklong stay in the United States he will address the UN General Assembly Sep 27 in which he will highlight Pakistan's point of view on various regional and international issues, Xinhua reported.

The prime minister will also highlight the efforts of the present government to curb the menace of terrorism besides its endeavour to bring stability to the region.

27 fresh dengue cases in Karachi

dengueIslamabad, Sep 14 :  Twenty-seven more dengue fever cases were reported in Pakistan's port city of Karachi Saturday, raising the total to 1,107 this year, Geo News reported.

Of them 1,107 were detected in Karachi alone and 63 in the rest of the province, said M. Shakeel Aamir Mullick, a health official, adding 27 new cases were reported in Karachi Saturday alone.

He also said 11 dengue patients died in Karachi this year, adding 41 dengue patients were still admitted to different hospitals of the Sindh, while 12 patients were discharged from hospitals after treatment in the city.

Zardari eyes political comeback

Asif-Ali-Zardari_Islamabad, Sep 9 : Former Pakistan president Asif Ali Zardari has vowed to revive his political career a few hours after formally stepping down from the presidency when his constitutionally-mandated five-year term ended Sunday.

Zardari spoke to thousands of his supporters in the Pakistan People's Party (PPP) in the eastern city of Lahore to formally resume political activities, Xinhua reported.

Lahore is the stronghold of his political rival, Prime Minister Nawaz Sharif of the Pakistan Muslim League (PML-N).

Pakistani n-assets in safe hands: Sharif

Nawaz-SharifIslamabad, Sep 5 : Pakistan Prime Minister Nawaz Sharif Thursday asserted that the country's nuclear facilities were in safe hands.

"Our nuclear facilities are in safe hands," Sharif said at a meeting of the National Command Authority (NCA), held in the wake of media reports stating that the US had intensified its surveillance of Pakistan's nuclear programmes after the leakage of US classified documents by whistleblower Edward Snowden, Dawn reported.

NCA is the principal forum responsible for command and control of the country's nuclear arsenal. It also looks after the security and safety of nuclear installations.

Afghan president wraps up visit to Pakistan

Hamid-KarzaiIslamabad, Aug 27 : Afghanistan President Hamid Karzai Tuesday wrapped up his extended visit to Pakistan, which focused on Islamabad's role in talks with the Taliban and the release of Taliban prisoners.

Karzai was scheduled to conclude his daylong visit Monday evening but the visit was extended on the request of Pakistani Prime Minister Nawaz Sharif, to hold more meetings, Xinhua reported.

Both leaders met in the scenic spot of Murree near Islamabad Tuesday for the second time in two days. The two leaders discussed security situation of the region, the prime minister's office said.

Sharif upset over border clashes, calls for peace

Nawaz-SharifIslamabad, Aug 8 : Prime Minister Nawaz Sharif Thursday expressed "sadness" over the border clashes in Kashmir, and said India and Pakistan must take "effective steps" to restore normalcy on the frontier.

Sharif told foreign ministry officials here that he was sad over the incidents involving Pakistani and Indian troops along the Line of Control (LoC) that divides Jammu and Kashmir between the two countries.

Kerry, Pakistani PM agree to work for Afghan peace

John-Kerry-Nawaz-SharifIslamabad, August 1 : US Secretary of State John Kerry met Pakistani Prime Minister Nawaz Sharif here Thursday and both sides agreed to work together for peace and stability in Afghanistan and move forward Afghan reconciliation process.

The two leaders held one-on-one meeting which was later on joined by the respective delegations, Xinhua quoted the state-run Radio Pakistan as saying.

"Both sides discussed in length the Afghan situation besides other regional issues including the post-2014 scenario," the radio said.

Bottled water causing cancer, heart disease in Pakistan

Bottled-waterIslamabad, July 19 : Around 12 brands of bottled water sold in Pakistan contain arsenic, which can cause skin diseases, diabetes, kidney problems, hypertension, heart disease, birth defects and cancer, a Pakistani agency has found.

The Pakistan Council of Research in Water Resources collected 86 samples from bottled water brands from Islamabad, Rawalpindi, Lahore, Faisalabad, Sialkot, Dera Ghazi Khan, Dera Ismail Khan, Multan, Bahawalpur, Tandojam, Karachi, Quetta, and Peshawar, the Associated Press of Pakistan (APP) reported.

Sharif tells ISI to work to bring peace to Quetta

Nawaz-SharifIslamabad, July 3 : Pakistan Prime Miniter Nawaz Sharif has ordered the country's Inter-Services Intelligence (ISI) and the Intelligence Bureau (IB) to bring the perpetrators behind certain terrorist activities in the city of Quetta to book.

Speaking to the media Tuesday after attending a high-level meeting in Quetta, the capital of Balochistan province, Sharif said that he has directed all agencies to cooperate with the Balochistan in bringing back peace to the city.

"Establishing peace in a city of 20 streets and 20 markets shouldn'' be so difficult," local media quoted him as saying.

Manmohan-Sharif to meet in September?

Manmohan-SharifIslamabad/New Delhi, July 2 : Pakistan Prime Minister Nawaz Sharif and Indian Prime Minister Manmohan Singh are likely to have their first meeting in September in New York on the sidelines of the UN General Assembly, a Pakistani media report said. However, Indian officials said they had no information about such a meeting.

The influential Dawn newspaper quoted Sharif's Special Advisor on Foreign Affairs Sartaj Aziz as saying that Prime Minister Sharif and Prime Minister Singh were likely to meet in September in New York.

Pakistan forms panel to probe Musharraf's Emergency rule

Pervez-MusharrafIslamabad, June 27 : Pakistan has formed a high-level committee to investigate the Emergency rule former military ruler Pervez Musharraf had imposed, Interior Minister Chaudhary Nisar Ali Khan said Thursday.

Musharraf, who faces high treason charges for abrogating the constitution during his 1999-2008 rule, imposed Emergency rule in November 2007 and suspended the constitution, reports Xinhua.

He had also placed dozens of top judges under house arrest after they refused to take oath under his Provisional Constitutional Order.

Musharraf to be tried for treason: Nawaz Sharif

Nawaz-SharifIslamabad, June 24 : Pakistan Prime Minister Nawaz Sharif Monday announced that the country's former president General (retd) Pervez Musharraf would be tried for high treason.

Musharraf faces charges of abrogating the Constitution of Pakistan and detaining judges of the higher judiciary after imposing emergency Nov 3, 2007, Geo News reported.

Speaking in the National Assembly Monday, Sharif said Musharraf would be held accountable for subverting the Constitution of Pakistan, stopping judges of higher judiciary from working through illegal orders and taking unconstitutional steps of imposing emergency.

Pakistan seeks Chinese investment in energy sector

Nawaz-SharifIslamabad, June 14 : The Pakistan government has sought Chinese investment in the country's energy sector while assuring it all possible assistance required.

Prime Minister Nawaz Sharif Thursday invited the Chinese companies to invest in the energy sector of Pakistan as the country is experiencing a severe power shortage, the Daily Times reported Friday.

During a meeting with a visiting five-member delegation led by China North Industries Corporation (NORINCO) chairman Wang Yitong, Sharif invited the company to install in Pakistan solar power plants, which it produces.

Nawaz Sharif bans unnecessary foreign tours

Nawaz-SharifIslamabad, June 14 : Pakistan Prime Minister Nawaz Sharif has prohibited federal ministers, parliamentarians, and other officials from undertaking unnecessary foreign tours.

Sharif has directed concerned departments to ensure the foreign tours are reduced by 30 percent, Geo News reported citing sources.

The prime minister's secretariat has prepared a document on this which includes a recommendation to decrease the cost of foreign tours by 40 percent.

Also, directives have been issued to seek permission from the concerned authority prior to undertaking any tour.




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