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Tuesday, January 19th, 2016


PM’s visit to Saudi Arabia, Iran to ease tension: NA informed

ISLAMABAD, 19 JAN, (DNA) – Minister for Defence Khawaja Muhammad Asif has said Prime Minister Nawaz Sharif’s talks with Saudi leaderships were very encouraging and there was a good response from Saudi Arabia. Making a statement in the National Assembly on Tuesday, he said the Prime Minister is holding talks with the Iranian leadership today under the same spirit and hoped that the Prime Minister’s visit will be successful. He said the aim of the visit is to defuse tensions between the two Muslim countries. It is also aimed toRead More

U.S. disburse $ 13.7 billion to Pakistan for anti-terror war

ISLAMABAD, 19 JAN, (DNA) – The United Sates has disbursed 13.7 billion US to Pakistan under the Coalition Support Fund (CSF), which began soon after 9/11, another 2 billion dollars are still pending, a senate committee was informed on Tuesday. The CSF money is reimbursed to coalition partners for logistical and military support provided to U.S. military operations related to Operation Enduring Freedom in Afghanistan. The Secretary, Ministry of Defence, Lt. Gen. (retd) Alam Khattak, informed the Committee that another two billion dollars are still pending, a Committee’s statement said.Read More

Pak to resume banking channels with Iran in few weeks

ISLAMABAD, 19 JAN, (DNA) – Days after sanctions on Iran were lifted, Pakistan minister for commerce says the two countries can resume their banking channels in ‘few weeks’ as a most crucial step to enhance trading activities immediately. In an exclusive interview with IRNA on Tuesday, Khurram Dastgir Khan, said Prime Minister Nawaz Sharif has been very keen to resume trade with Iran ever since he visited Tehran in 2014. “Resumption of banking channel is the highest priority and I hope that we can resume in weeks,” said the minister.Read More

Ayaz, Hashmi discuss matters of Pak-Bulgaria ties

ISLAMABAD, 19 JAN, (DNA) – Ambassador Designate to Bulgaria A.S Babar Hashmi has called on Speaker National Assembly Sardar Ayaz Sadiq in Islamabad on Tuesday. Matters of Pak-Bulgaria relations and mutual interest were discussed in the meeting. While talking to Ambassador, Speaker said that Pakistan and Bulgaria enjoy long standing friendly relations. He said Pakistan wants to revitalize the existing relations through enhanced economic and parliamentary coordination. He said that there was a great potential in trade and commerce sectors for both countries to avail investment opportunities. Ambassador Designate toRead More

Resolution seeking weekly off day on Friday submitted in NA

NA Committee on cricket

ISLAMABAD, 19 JAN, (DNA) – A lawmaker belonging to Jamaat-e-Islami (JI) tabled a resolution in the National Assembly seeking restoration of Friday as weekly holiday. The resolution called upon the government to restore the weekly holiday of Friday since all Muslim countries observe this day as weekly public holiday. “Pakistan is still following footprints of Britishers… By not observing public holiday on Friday, we are deprived of blessings of this day and facing disasters,” said the resolution tabled by by JI’s MNA Tariq Ullah and was supported by lawmakers ofRead More

AJK lawmakers protest in front of Parliament House

ISLAMABAD, 19 JAN, (DNA) – Lawmakers of Azad Jammu and Kashmir (AJK) government protested in front of Parliament House Islamabad on Tuesday. Protestors demanded the federal government to sack Minister of Kashmir Affairs Barjees Tahir. Prime Minister AJK Chaudhary Abdul Majeed leaded the protest against the minister of Kashmir Affairs. The protesting lawmakers also accused the federal government of using funds of Kashmir Council for pre-poll rigging. Abdul Majeed demanded the federal government to release funds of the Kashmir Council without any further delay. He said that their funds areRead More