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Acquisition of land for Diamer-Bhasha dam approved

land acquisition for the Diamer-Bhasha dam approved

ISLAMABAD: Prime Minister Nawaz Sharif during a cabinet meeting on Friday approved land acquisition for the Diamer-Bhasha dam, state media reported. The Diamer-Bhasha dam, a 272-metre-high dam with the capacity to generate 4,500MW of electricity per day, has been 30 years in the making. In 2008, construction on the dam was meant to be complete by 2016. The dam is capable of storing 8.1 MAF of water and may also support other existing projects and enhance the life of Tarbela dam by 35 years. The government had attempted to complete acquisitionRead More

Nine terrorists killed in Khyber Agency air strikes

Air strikes kill nine in Khyber Agency

PESHAWAR: At least nine suspected terrorists were killed in air strikes in the Tirah valley area of Khyber Agency on Friday. Military officials said two hideouts were also destroyed in the airstrikes. Pakistan Air Force jets precisely targeted militant hideouts in Kukikhel area of Tirah valley in which nine militants were killed and two hideouts were destroyed, said security officials. Khyber Agency and North Waziristan are among Pakistan’s seven semi-autonomous tribal districts near the Afghan border, rife with homegrown insurgents and foreign militants. These areas have also been considered homeRead More

Afghan Refugee Crises and the State of Pakistan

Mariam Farid Khwaja “Refugees have been deprived of their homes, but they must not be deprived of their futures” remarks Ban Ki Moon, the Secretary General of United Nation. There must be no hesitation in upholding what Mr. Ban Ki Moon states. Not only are States obliged by their domestic laws to protect the rights of its citizens and even non-citizens which certainly includes Refugees and Asylum takers; International Community through its various conventions and treaties also places legal duties upon Host States to endorse the fundamental rights of thoseRead More

Pakistan Condemns Nuclear Test by DPRK

FO Spokesman Nafees Zakaria

ISLAMABAD, 09 SEP, (DNA) – Pakistan condemns the nuclear test conducted by the Democratic People’s Republic of Korea today which constitutes a violation of the United Nation Security Council Resolutions and is against the objective of a nuclear weapons free Korean peninsula. Pakistan has consistently maintained that all countries should comply with their international obligations and refrain from all action which could undermine peace and stability in the region. We urge all parties to work towards the establishment of nuclear weapons free Korean peninsula within the framework of the SixRead More

Pakistan extends stay of Afghan refugees until March 2017

ISLAMABAD, September 09 (DNA): Pakistan on Friday decided to extend the stay of the registered Afghan refugees until March 2017, officials said.Pakistan hosts around three million Afghan refugees. Of these, 1.6 million are registered while the remaining are documented, according to the UN refugee agency.In June, Prime Minister Nawaz Sharif had extended the period of the Proof Registration (PoR) Cards till December 31, 2016. Registered Afghan refugees hold PoR cards that allow them to live legally in Pakistan. “The Federal Cabinet while deliberating on agenda i.e. Extension of the ProofRead More

Misbah to receive ICC Test mace in Lahore

Pakistan test captain misbah

LAHORE: The International Cricket Council (ICC) will present the Test Championship mace to Pakistan captain Misbah-ul-Haq at the Gaddafi Stadium in Lahore on September 21. ICC Chief Executive David Richardson will make the presentation at 10:30am (PST), which will be followed by a media conference at 11:00am (PST), said on Friday. Pakistan achieved number-one Test ranking for the first time since the current rankings system was introduced in 2003 after it played a two-all draw against England. Pakistan’s cause was also helped by Sri Lanka, which defeated Australia by 3-0, whileRead More