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‘Consultation with all parties done before election reforms bill approval’

ISLAMABAD, OCT 03 (DNA) – Federal Minister for Law Zahid Hamid claimed on Tuesday that all opposition parties were included in the consultation process before approval of Electoral Reforms Bill. Talking to media, the law minister told that opposition remained quiet during consultation sessions and spoke only after approval of the reforms from both Senate and National Assembly. He added that the column of Khatam-e-Nabuwat condition has not been excluded from nomination papers through these reforms, maintaining that his party cannot even think about doing so. He said that thereRead More

Soldier martyred in Khyber Agency crossfire

RAWALPINDI, OCT 03 (DNA) – A Pakistan Army soldier was martyred on Tuesday when terrorists opened fire on the Mustil Pass border post with neighbouring Afghanistan, according to the Inter-services Public Relations (ISPR). The recently cleared post is an important passage from Afghanistan into the Khyber Agency. The soldier has been identified as Naib Subedar Azhar Ali who succumbed to enemy fire. His funeral prayers were offered at the Peshawar Garrison. He will be buried in his native town with full military honours. Last month, Lt Arsalan Alam, 22, whoRead More

10th round of Pakistan, Japan bilateral political consultations

ISLAMABAD, OCT 03 (DNA) – The 10th Round of Pakistan-Japan Bilateral Political Consultations was held in Islamabad on 3 October 2017. Mr. Kazuyuki Yamazaki, Senior Deputy Minister for Foreign Affairs of Japan, headed the Japanese delegation while Foreign Secretary Tehmina Janjua, led the Pakistan side. While reaffirming the importance of the relationship, both sides expressed satisfaction at the present state of bilateral cooperation and renewed their intention to reinforce the partnership. The Consultations provided a good opportunity to the two sides to explore new possibilities for further strengthening cooperation, especiallyRead More

Electoral reforms bill challenged in top court

ISLAMABAD, OCT 03 (DNA) – A lawyer filed a petition in the Supreme Court on Tuesday challenging the Election Act 2017, a law passed a day earlier that has paved the way for deposed PM Nawaz Sharif to become the head of the Pakistan Muslim League-Nawaz (PML-N). The petitioner, Advocate Zulfiqar Bhutta, has asked the court that the law be declared null and void in the “interest of justice”. In the petition, he contended, “The bill is against the basic structure of Constitution of Pakistan and prove strong back upRead More

COAS, corps commanders discuss law and order, border issues

RAWALPINDI, OCT 03 (DNA) – Chief of Army Staff (COAS) General Qamar Javed Bajwa presided over a meeting of corps commanders on Tuesday to discuss matters relating to security and defense. the country’s law and order situation and border issues discussed at the meeting held at the General Headquarters Rawalpindi. The progress of Operation Radd-ul-Fasaad and infrastructure development in the tribal areas of the country was also reviewed. According to sources, senior officials of the armed forces were present at the meeting where the COAS informed them about his recentRead More

Pakistan, Tajikistan agree to strengthen cooperation in various sectors

ISLAMABAD, OCT 03 (DNA) – The Ambassador of Tajikistan Mr. Sherali Jononov called on National Security Adviser Lt. Gen. (R) Nasser Khan Janjua this morning. The meeting was held to share and exchange the views after the recent visit of NSA to Tajikistan. The Ambassador expressed great satisfaction and congratulated NSA for conducting a very successful visit of Tajikistan. The Ambassador said that he had received very positive feedback from Dushanbe regarding the most rewarding interaction between the two sides during NSA’s visit. He said the visit has brought twoRead More