Pakistan has fully supported Ghani government in Afghanistan: Fatemi

Special Assistant to Prime Minister on Foreign Affairs Syed Tariq Fatemi says in this age of transformation with fast-paced changes at the global level, Pakistan is fully alive to counter them. Speaking in a talk show, he said Pakistan had fully supported the Ashraf Ghani government in Afghanistan but there are certain core issues which require to be addressed including border management. The Special Assistant said the Quadrilateral Coordination Group was formed to address the Afghan issue but the US drone attack had caused negative impacts on this initiative.  About relations with India, Fatemi said Pakistan had sincerely initiated peace process with the neighbouring country, but all those moves were not adequately reciprocated.  With regard to Pakistan-Iran ties, the Special Assistant said these had durability and deep strength covering over 60 years. About the firing incident at Orlando in US, he said it would strengthen anti-Muslim and anti-Islam lobbies.

KP govt to present budget for Fy2016-17 today

Khyber Pakhtunkhwa government would present provincial budget with a total outlay of over four hundred eighty-eight billion rupees for next fiscal year today. Provincial Finance Minister Muzafar Said told Radio Pakistan Peshawar correspondent that efforts have been made to give relief to the common man in the budget.  To a question, he said funds have been allocated for construction of schools, roads and hospitals in the budget.

SAFRON minister calls for early repatriation of afghan refugees

Minister for States and Frontier Regions Abdul Qadir Baloch has expressed dissatisfaction on the pace of the work in Afghanistan for the repatriation of Afghan refugees.The Minister said this in his meeting with EU ambassador Jean-Francois Cautain in Islamabad. He said for successful repatriation of Afghans refugees, concrete steps are still needed to be taken by the Afghan government. The Minister discussed various areas of mutual cooperation with the Ambassador especially those related to FATA and Afghan refugees. The Ambassador offered his full support for the various development projects in FATA.

Ahsan for modern Early Warning System to check flood damages

Federal Minister for Planning, Ahsan Iqbal has emphasized the need of modern early warning system to check flood damages in the monsoon season. He made these observations while chairing a high-level meeting in Islamabad on monsoon 2016 impact and level of preparedness. He directed departments concerned to take pre-emptive measures to deal with flooding situation in the upcoming monsoon season. He said national preparedness is a composite for preparedness at provincial levels to deal with calamity like situation due to more than normal rain. The Minister said proper steps should be taken to inspect the conditions of water reservoirs and headworks. He also stressed for combing operations to remove the snags in drainage system and storm water nullahs at district level. 

Census likely between November 16 To March 17

Minister for Law and Justice Zahid Hamid informed the Senate today that there is possibility to conduct the next Census between November this year and March next year. Responding to another calling attention notice moved by Abdul Qayyum, he said this is subject to improvement of security situation as well as availability of troops. Zahid Hamid pointed out that the decision to defer the census was taken at the meeting of Council of Common Interest in February this year due to the non-availability of sufficient number of personnel from the armed forces. He said nobody can deny the significance of census and it was the PML-N which conducted last census in 1998.

Orlando massacre should not be made excuse for anti-Islam campaign: OIC

Organization of Islamic Cooperation has called on United Sates not to allow exploiting Orlando massacre as a platform to use the incident in an anti-Islam campaign. In a statement in Jeddah, OIC said the event should not be blown beyond its content.

Peter Thomson elected as president of 71st session of UNGA  

Fiji's Ambassador to the United Nations, Peter Thomson has been elected as President of 71st session of the UN General Assembly. All 193 Member States of the United Nations were eligible to participate in the simple?majority, secret?ballot election, with the candidate from Cyprus receiving 90 votes and Ambassador Thomson receiving 94 votes. He defeated Andreas Mavroyiannis of Cyprus with 94 votes.

No evidence of Florida attack was 'directed' from abroad: Obama

United States President Obama says there is no evidence that the massacre of 49 people in a Florida nightclub was directed from abroad or was part of a larger plot. After being briefed on America's deadliest mass shooting by top security aides, he said we do not yet know the shooter's motivations.

UN expresses concern over Israeli excessive use of force against Palestinians

United Nation has termed Israel's occupation of the West Bank as major cause for Palestinian “humanitarian vulnerabilities.” Expressing serious concern about 'Israel's excessive use of force, UN’s Office for the Coordination of Humanitarian Affairs said in its annual report that thirty Palestinian children have been killed by Israeli soldiers and settlers, which is the highest figure recorded since 2006. The report further said as many as over four hundred Palestinian children were also held by Israel by the end of year 2015.

Editorial (Khaleej Times)

  Pen is mightier than the sword

With great power, comes great responsibility. That was the underlying message His Highness Shaikh Mohammed bin Rashid Al Maktoum, Vice-President and Prime Minister of the UAE and Ruler of Dubai, sent out while addressing a gathering of local editors and journalists on Sunday. Shaikh Mohammed was unequivocal about the media needing to be the harbinger of objective reportage and analyses - and was quite a contrast to the external perception are that the media (in the region) is somewhat "muffled". "A balanced media is a source of hope that will help the region face its growing challenges," he said. But even as he spoke of countering challenges by keeping everyone in the loop via balanced and fair media coverage, he exhorted reporters and editors to propagate traditional values and Islamic teachings for the Arab youth - the "true treasure of the nation" - to be in line with their rich cultural heritage.

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