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NCHR chief warns against soaring violence against women

ISLAMABAD, 19 JUNE (DNA) – National Commissionfor Human Rights (NCHR) Chairman Justice (Retd) Ali Nawaz Chowhan has said that violence against women is on rise throughout the country. Justice (retd) Chowhan, in a statement here, strongly condemned the incidents of violence against women, particularly in Abbottabad and Gujranwala. “The civilized societies do not have such a bad situation as we are witnessing presently,” he added. The NCHR, he said, was deeply concerned over the issue and it was organizing consultative workshops to recommend necessary amendments in Pakistan Penal Code toRead More

PESA supports Gen Raheel’s stance on Afghanistan 

Afghans push India for more arms

ISLAMABAD: Pakistan Ex-Servicemen Association (PESA) on Sunday supported the stance taken by Chief of Army Staff General Raheel Sharif regarding the recent tensions with Afghanistan and the subsequent exchange of fire across the Pak-Afghan international border. The ex-officers critised the ‘lukewarm’ response from the Foreign Office and stated that they considered the invitation extended to the Afghan foreign minister as premature. PESA’s president, General (r) Ali Kuli Khan was presiding over the meeting which was attended by other senior retired armed forces personnel. In a statement issued to media afterRead More

Finance Minister cancels visit to Beijing

Dar chairs meeting on money laundering

ISLAMABAD, 19 JUNE (DNA) – Finance Minister, Senator Mohammad Ishaq Dar has cancelled his visit to Beijing, China scheduled for the next week. The decision has been taken in view of the fact that the Prime Minister is still recovering from his open heart surgery abroad & Finance Minister’s presence in the country is essential. The spokesman of the Ministry of Finance said here Saturday that the Minister was scheduled to attend the 1st Annual Meeting of Asian Infrastructure Investment Bank (AIIB) at Beijing on 25-26 June 2016. The MinisterRead More

Govt committed to eradicate poverty: Marvi

BISP board approves new payment model

ISLAMABAD, 19 JUNE (DNA) – Chairperson Benazir Income Support Programme Marvi Memon has said government is committed in its efforts to eradicate poverty and to facilitate deserving families across the country. In an interview with Pakistan Television, she said government wants to empower women through BISP help to bring them in the mainstream. About new BISP survey, Marvi Memon said two-step approach was being adopted to ensure no one would be left unattended. She said the pilot phase of the National Socio-Economic Registry would cover sixteen districts and it willRead More

Saudi King, Iranian president felicitate PM Nawaz on successful open-heart surgery

ISLAMABAD, 19 JUNE (DNA) – Saudi King Shah Salman and Iranian president Hassan Rouhani telephoned Prime Minister Nawaz Sharif and felicitated him on successful surgery. The Saudi King called PM Nawaz who is under treatment in London and expressed happiness over successful open-heart surgery. He also said that special prayers would also be carried out in Makkah for the early recovery of the premier. On the other hand, source told that Iranian president Hassan Rouhani also congratulated Nawaz Sharif and wished him best health. DNA

Balochistan budget 2016-17: Rs28.93bn allocated for education

QUETTA: Chief Minister Balochistan Nawab Sanaullah Zehri on Sunday presented the provincial budget for fiscal year 2016-17 with a total outlay of Rs289bn, with Rs28.93bn allocated for education. Allocation for education for the current fiscal year has increased by 15 per cent when compared to last year’s fiscal budget. Zehri announced during the budget speech that 14,000 students from Balochistan will be given scholarships in national and international educational institutions. 80 primary schools will also be upgraded to middle school level. Three medical colleges would be established in Khuzdar, LoralaiRead More