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Iran a tested friend of Pakistan, says Ambassador

ISLAMABAD, MAY 28 (DNA) –Mehdi Honardoost the Ambassador of Iran has said Iran and Pakistan enjoy good relations in all fields including in the field of politics, culture and security. He expressed these views while speaking at the Institute of Strategic Studies Islamabad (ISSI) The Iranian ambassador further said, “Today, by availing the opportunity of this session, I intend to benefit from your views and opinions on the important subjects of the two countries to further strengthening of bilateral ties”. He said, there are various means of further improving bilateralRead More


Efforts afoot to complete mega development projects: Ahsan

ISLAMABAD, 27 MAY (DNA) – Minister for Planning and Development Ahsan Iqbal has said efforts are being made to complete mega projects initiated by the government by the end of next year. He was chairing meeting of Annual Plan Coordination Committee in Islamabad on Friday. The committee discussed public sector development program allocations. The Minister said the Government is giving priority to release funds for development projects. He said enhancement of development budget is imperative for progress and prosperity of the country. He hoped that in the next few years,Read More


HRCP condemns ‘ridiculous’ CII recommendations

LAHORE, 27 MAY (DNA) – The Human Rights Commission of Pakistan (HRCP) has condemned the Council of Islamic Ideology (CII) recommendations that call for violence against women, among other regressive, illegal or redundant advice contained in a ‘model’ law purportedly designed to protect women’s rights. In a statement issued on Friday, the Commission said: “As much as HRCP wanted not to dignify with any comment the ridiculous CII recommendations regarding ‘light beating’ of women, we think it is imperative that every right-respecting person must condemn such counsel unreservedly. The ironyRead More


Parliamentary Committee discusses ToRs on Panama Papers

ISLAMABAD, 27 MAY (DNA) – The Parliamentary Committee on Panama Papers on Friday continued discussion of the Terms of Reference proposed by the Government and Opposition. The Government Committee members’ response to the Opposition members’ document titled “Government’s Para-wise reply to Joint Opposition’s submission on ToRs dated May 26, 2016” was circulated by the Government side among the members of the Committee. The Government side also circulated among the members a document mentioning relevant legal provisions/comments relating to the fifteen questions contained in the said Joint Opposition’s ToRs. The CommitteeRead More


KPK major beneficiary of CPEC infrastructure projects

Russian researcher Dr Natalia says cpec game changer

ISLAMABAD, 27 MAY (DNA) – The major portion of the China- Pakistan Economic Corridor (CPEC) transportation infrastructure projects’ investment would go to Khyber Pakhtunkhwa, wherein as many as $3.825 billion would be spent on development of various infrastructure projects. As many as $ 3.020 billion would be spent on the major portion of Karokaram Highway Phase-II (from Raikot to Islamabad), followed by an investment of $ 730 million on construction of a portion of expansion and reconstruction of existing main railway line ML-1, official sources said. A sum of $Read More


Chabahar not rival to Gwadar port: Iranian envoy

ISLAMABAD, 27 MAY (DNA) – Iranian ambassador Mehdi Honardoost Friday said that Iran’s Chabahar harbour was not a rival to Pakistan’s Gwadar port and stressed that both connectivity projects were in the interest of entire region. At a talk with academicians hosted by Institute of Strategic Studies Islamabad (ISSI), the Iranian ambassador dismissed the impression that the Chabahar pact recently signed by Iran, India and Afghanistan was against any other country and said the mega project would ensure peace and tranquility in the region. Honardoost said Chabahar agreement was notRead More