Current Affairs – All Pakistani News All Pakistani News Wed, 20 May 2020 15:56:39 +0000 en-US hourly 1 PM Sharif Advised to Drop Boeing Idea After Samaa Report Fri, 09 Oct 2015 07:43:54 +0000 Nawaz Sharif

Nawaz Sharif

Close aides of Prime Minister Nawaz Sharif on Thursday advised him not to use Boeing 777 aircraft for his visit to the United States.

The advice comes four days after Samaa TV revealed the prime minister’s plan to use the aircraft for his upcoming visit that would cost millions of rupees to national kitty.

On Sunday, Pakistan Tehreek-e-Insaf chairman Imran Khan strongly criticized the prime minister, citing Samaa TV report in his by-election rally in Lahore’s Dongi Ground in Samanabad area of Lahore.

The PMN-N’s heavyweights are said to have advised the premier to use small a plane instead of Boeing 777 aircraft for his visit to Washington.

The advice came during a meeting chaired by Prime Minister Nawaz Sharif to discuss his upcoming visit to US this month.

The Prime Minister said the visit would help further promote the bilateral relationship between Pakistan and United States.

He expressed hope that the visit would also provide Pakistan an opportunity to highlight its matchless sacrifices and huge losses in the war on terror.

The meeting was attended by Minister for Finance Ishaq Dar, Minister for Interior Chaudhry Nisar Ali Khan, Advisor to PM on National Security Sartaj Aziz and PM’s Special Assistant Tariq

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Pakistan Questions Indias Secular Credentials Fri, 09 Oct 2015 06:28:18 +0000 Pakistan has expressed concerns over violence against Muslims in India for slaughtering cattle and consuming beef in a move that is likely to invite a strong reaction from New Delhi.

Qazi Khalilullah

Qazi Khalilullah

Amid ongoing communal tensions in the aftermath of the lynching of a Muslim man by a Hindu mob over alleged beef consumption, the Foreign Office on Thursday questioned India’s secular credentials.

“In a democratic country, that also claims to be secular, the state should be able to guarantee fundamental rights of minorities and take appropriate measures to ensure that they are able to live in accordance with their religious beliefs,” said FO spokesman Qazi Khalilullah at his weekly briefing.

“You may be aware that India is the second-largest exporter of beef in the world. Violence against Muslims in India for consuming beef and slaughtering cattle, therefore, is beyond comprehension and a cause of concern for the Muslim Ummah,” he added.

This is the first official reaction from Pakistan over the beef controversy in India. It came just as India’s Prime Minister Narendra Modi finally broke his silence on the killing of the Muslim man in Uttar Pradesh and called for unity between Muslim and Hindu communities.

Pakistan’s reaction is unusual as it usually avoids commenting on domestic issues of India. But the rare rebuke comes at a time when relations between the two nuclear armed neighbors are at the lowest point.

FO regrets cancellation of concert

The FO spokesperson also reacted to the cancellation of a concert by Pakistani ghazal maestro Ghulam Ali after the right-wing Shiv Sena threatened to disrupt the event scheduled to be held in Mumbai.

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“We regret that this event was not allowed to take place. We hope that the Indian government will take appropriate measures for such cultural events to take place in future as scheduled,” Khalilullah stressed. “Cultural events are helpful in promoting people to people contacts,” he added.

The Aam Adami Party (AAP), which is currently ruling Delhi, condemned Shiv Sena and invited the Pakistani artist to perform in the Indian capital.

Speaking about the recent four-point peace initiative announced by Prime Minister Nawaz Sharif during his UN General Assembly address in New York, the spokesperson also hoped that India would find wisdom in accepting the proposals.

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“Pakistan has expressed its willingness on several occasions to hold talks on all outstanding issues including Kashmir, if there are no preconditions from the Indian side,” he said.

Asked what objective Pakistan had achieved in presenting the dossiers to the UN chief against India, the spokesperson said government’s move would be helpful to the UN secretary general in understanding India’s attitude towards Pakistan and its impact on the regional situation.

Islamabad seeks help on N-technology

Responding to an article by David Ignatius appearing in The Washington Post in which the former claimed that Washington might strike a civilian nuclear deal with Islamabad if the latter agrees to limit its nuclear weapons programme, Khalilullah said Pakistan has always called for a non-discriminatory approach to nuclear issues in South Asia, including access to peaceful uses of nuclear energy.

“Pakistan is making efforts to overcome energy shortages. We ourselves are producing nuclear energy and desire cooperation of those countries which possess this technology, including the US,” he said.

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PIA-PALPA Dispute Enters Sixth Day as Talks Fail Tue, 06 Oct 2015 08:29:34 +0000 PIA-PALPA


A dispute between Pakistan International Airlines (PIA) and Pakistan Airline Pilots Association (PALPA) entered sixth day on Tuesday as second round of talks between them failed.

The number of flights cancelled since the beginning of the dispute reached 78 as seven more flights were called off today.

Yesterday, the second round of talks between PIA’s management and PALPA representatives failed after government rejected all three demands of the pilots’ body.

Sher Ali Khan, a spokesman for the Civil Aviation Authority (CAA), said that PALPA presented three demands, including withdrawal of show-cause notices and inquires and dismissal of Director Flights Operation. “These demands are unacceptable to the management,” he said.

The talks, he said, continued for four hours without any breakthrough.

“We are open to negotiations, but there shall be no pre-conditions. PAPA President Amir Hashmi has refused to budge on his demands,” he said.

The spokesman commended the pilots who did not affect the flight operation despite PALPA’s pressure.

He suggested that four senior pilots of PIA, four members of PALPA and two independent observers can sit together and resolve the issue amicably.

He said that PIA’s Hajj operation was not affected despite the row between PALPA and management.

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PM Nawaz Sharif Orders Quick Loans for Young Entrepreneurs Fri, 18 Sep 2015 07:23:54 +0000 Expressing annoyance with slow-paced application process for youth business loans scheme, Prime Minister Nawaz Sharif has ordered immediate disbursement of funds to successful candidates.

PM Nawaz Sharif

PM Nawaz Sharif

These directives came during a meeting on the Prime Minister Youth Programme (PMYP) at the PM House on Thursday, where the premier was briefed about the processing of cases submitted by National Bank of Pakistan (NBP).

The Small Business Loan Scheme was announced in September 2013 exclusively for the educated youth willing to initiate their private businesses. Skilled individuals can get loans up to Rs2 million to jumpstart their work in the agriculture sector or to open workshops.

Fifty per cent of loans have been set aside for women entrepreneurs.

At the meeting, PM Nawaz expressed disappointment on the slow pace of processing of sanctioned applications, and instructed the NBP president to immediately issue sanction letters to all those applicants who have completed necessary formalities and are willing for a ballot within eight weeks.

He said since applications received were within the National Finance Commission’s award quota, there was no need of balloting for the time being.? The premier also instructed the NBP president to ensure release of all funds to the applicants who have been declared successful in earlier balloting.

In order to make the loans more affordable, he announced a reduction in mark-up rate from 8 percent to 6 percent with effect from July 2015. This reduction would also be applicable on the loans already availed.

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Two Pakistani Killed in Indian Motiveless Firing Along LoC Fri, 18 Sep 2015 07:03:07 +0000 Line of Control

Line of Control

Two Pakistani civilians, 13-year old Laiba and 55-year old Munshi Ahmed, embraced martyrdom in unprovoked Indian firing at Nakial Sector along Line of Control (LoC) on Thursday evening.

According to Inter Services Public Relations (ISPR) here, Indian troops also resorted to unprovoked firing in Kotli Sector.

Pakistani troops responded befittingly to the Indian unprovoked firing, the ISPR said.

Exchange of firing was continuing at Nakiyal and Kotli sectors, it added.

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UN Urged to Take Notice of Indian Ceasefire Violations Sat, 05 Sep 2015 06:20:44 +0000 Dr Maleeha Lodhi

Dr Maleeha Lodhi

Pakistan has urged the United Nations to take notice of civilian casualties in unprovoked Indian firing along the Line of Control and Working Boundary.

In a letter to the President of United Nations Security Council, Pakistan representative to the UN Dr. Maleeha Lodhi said twenty citizens were martyred and ninety-seven more injured due to unprovoked Indian firing in August 2015.

She said India violated ceasefire agreement thirty-six times in July.

Maleeha urged the United Nations to play its role on implementation of ceasefire agreement.

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Altaf Hussain says Zardari Cheated me Twice Sat, 05 Sep 2015 06:15:14 +0000 Altaf Hussain

Altaf Hussain

Muttahida Qaumi Movement (MQM) Chief Altaf Hussain said the government is urging upon his party to take resignations back but has failed to accept the warranted demands.

Addressing on phone the party workers at Lal Qila Ground, the Muttahida chief called upon the Prime Minister to unfold before the nation if he is faced with certain compulsion.

Altaf Hussain also said, “Asif Ali Zardari deceived me twice but I put up with it.”

Reacting to PTI Chief Imran Khan’s statement, he claimed that Karachi province will definitely become a reality regardless of what Imran Khan says.

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JIT Formed to Probe Kasur Child Abuse Tue, 11 Aug 2015 08:02:40 +0000 A joint investigation team (JIT) has been formed on Tuesday to probe the Kasur incident regarding child abuse scandal.

Kasur Child Abuse

Kasur Child Abuse

According to sources, the JIT on Kasur child abuse scandal will be headed by DIG Abu Bakar Khuda Bux. The probe team has been organized on directives by Punjab Chief Minister Mian Shahbaz Sharif.

SP Khalid Cheema, DSP Liaquat and two other intelligence officers will be included in the JIT, the sources said.

According to sources, the JIT has been directed to incorporate all concerned FIRs under their examination and investigate them thoroughly.

The probe team is mandated to submit its report to the court within two weeks.

It should be mentioned that a gang of 20 odd pedophiles is alleged to have molested 280 underage children, shot their videos, sold and uploaded on internet these videos containing the sickening act with minor boys and? and resorted to blackmailing in Hussain Khanwala village in Kasur.

Police arrested 13 accused after around 280 children were targeted in remote villages in Kasur district in a criminal offence that began in 2006.

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Ch Nisar Tells MQM to Back Karachi Operation Wed, 29 Jul 2015 07:21:02 +0000 Dr Farooq Sattar - Ch Nisar Ali Khan

Dr Farooq Sattar – Ch Nisar Ali Khan

A delegation of Muttahida Qaumi Movement (MQM) led by Dr Farooq Sattar held a meeting with Minister for Interior Chaudhry Nisar Ali Khan here on Tuesday and discussed law and order situation in Sindh.

MQM leaders Khalid Maqbool Siddiqui, Barrister Saif and Kanwar Naveed Jamil were part of the delegation. They talked about law and order situation in Karachi.

The interior minister said the operation in Karachi is particularly against criminals as its aim is to make the city peaceful and free from crime.

The activities of Rangers are according to rules and regulations and the aim is not to push any political party including MQM against the wall, he added.

Nisar? said every effort will be made to remove reservations of the political parties but it is in national interest that they all support the Rangers.

Peace in Karachi was in national interest and common responsibility of all, he added.

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Inbisat says Altaf Hussain Ready to End MQM for Mohajirs Thu, 23 Jul 2015 07:16:49 +0000 Inbisat Malik

Inbisat Malik

Muttahida Quami Movement (MQM) leader Inbisat Malik said Altaf Hussain is extremely disappointed over the prevalent situation facing his party and workers, and said he is all ready to terminate his party for the sake of only Mohajir people.

Talking to news television in Thursday’s wee hours, Malik said Altaf Hussain is heartbroken over the persistent persecution of MQM workers, adding Altaf Hussain has knocked at all the doors however, no justice is being offered to him and his party.

He said Altaf’s love for his people is immense and it is not a hidden secret; hence, he believes that the drawn-out spell of afflictions to the Mohajirs may end if he dissolves the party.

It should be mentioned here that MQM’s all organizational departments were shut down moments after midnight and all the staffers, office-bearers and party workers gathered in front of Nine Zero.

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