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Joint action committee rejects Punjab defamation bill

Joint action committee rejects Punjab defamation bill

Khayam Abbasi ISLAMABAD: More than 80 civil society organisations registered their protest on Tuesday against the Punjab Defamation Bill (2024) passed by the provincial assembly a day earlier. The provincial assembly yesterday passed the Defamation Bill, 2024, rejecting all amendments proposed by the opposition amid protests by the PTI-backed Sunni Ittehad Council and journalists covering parliamentary proceedings. The SIC members tore apart copies of the bill after the House passed it through a voice vote. Vetted by the Special Committee-1 in the absence of standing committees, the bill was tabledRead More

ISSI hosts Roundtable with SAARC Secretary General

ISSI hosts Roundtable with SAARC Secretary General

ISLAMABAD, MAY 21 /DNA/ – The India Study Centre at the Institute of Strategic Studies, Islamabad (ISSI) organised a Roundtable Discussion, titled “Prospects and Challenges of Regional Cooperation in South Asia”, with Ambassador Golam Sarwar, Secretary General of South Asian Association for Regional Cooperation (SAARC). The event was attended by diplomats, academics, practitioners, and researchers of various Islamabad-based think-tanks and Universities. DG ISSI Ambassador Sohail Mahmood delivered welcome remarks. During the Roundtable discussion, the importance of SAARC for the region was highlighted by the participants. It was noted that SAARCRead More

Homage paid to Hurriyat leaders

Homage paid to Hurriyat leaders

ISLAMABAD, MAY 21 (DNA) — The All Parties Hurriyat Conference Tuesday paid rich tribute to prominent martyred Hurriyat leaders Mirwaiz Molvi Muhammad Farooq, Khawaja Abdul Ghani Lone and the Hawal martyrs on their martyrdom anniversaries in Indian illegally occupied Jammu and Kashmir. According to Kashmir Media Service, Mirwaiz Molvi Farooq was assassinated by unidentified gunmen at his residence in Srinagar on May 21, 1990. On the same day, over 70 mourners were killed when Indian troops opened indiscriminate fire on his funeral procession in the Hawal area of Srinagar. Twelve years later,Read More

WHO challenges illicit tobacco trade numbers in Pakistan, says trade share is 23%


ISLAMABAD, MAY 21 /DNA/ – The World Health Organization (WHO) has contradicted claims by multinational tobacco companies regarding the illicit cigarette trade, revealing that the actual figure in Pakistan stands at 23 percent. “Overall, the illicit trade of cigarettes in Pakistan accounted for 23.1% of the total trade. Locally produced cigarettes without a stamp of the tax authority are considered illicit products and account for 10.4% of the total number of packs,” said WHO study titled “Study on Incidence of Illicit trade of cigarettes in Pakistan: A case study forRead More

Jordan envoy visits RCCI, desires enhancing trade ties with Pakistan

Jordan envoy visits RCCI

RAWALPINDI, MAY 21 /DNA/ – The Ambassador of Jordan, Maen A.M. Khreasat, paid an official visit to the Rawalpindi Chamber of Commerce and Industry (RCCI) and called on President RCCI, Mr. Saqib Rafiq. The meeting was attended by Senior Vice President Muhammad Hamza Sarosh, Former President Malik Shahid Saleem, Executive Committee member Malik Mudassar Maqbool and Ch. Akram. During the meeting a wide range of areas for further enhancing bilateral trade and economic relations between Jordan and Pakistan were also discussed.  Ambassador Maen A.M. Khreasat said that Jordan valued itsRead More

Interior Minister briefed about underpasses

Mohsin Naqvi tipped as new Interior Minister

ISLAMABAD, MAY 21 (DNA) — Federal Interior Minister Mohsin Naqvi on Tuesday chairing a high level meeting with Chairman Capital Development Authrority (CDA) Mohammad Ali Randhawa and NESPAK officials, directed to speed up the completion of two underpasses  for a signal-free corridor. According to the plan, one underpass will be constructed at Serena Chowk and the other one will be built on Srinagar highway for the convenience of the citizens of Islamabad.  Mohsin Naqvi directed to keep the height of the underpass up to full height and tasked Chairman CDARead More