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Prime Minister Shahid Khaqan Abbasi will lead Pakistan delegation to the 72nd Session of the United Nations General Assembly in New York from Monday.  Foreign Office in a statement in Islamabad said that the Prime Minister will hold bilateral meetings with a number of world leaders and the Secretary General of the United Nations on the sidelines of the General Assembly Session. It said the Prime Minister will address the Council on Foreign Relations and will interact with the United States Pakistan Business Council. The Prime Minister will also have extensive interaction with the international media. There will also be a meeting of the OIC Contact Group on Jammu and Kashmir.  Addressing a news conference in Lahore, Interior Minister Ahsan Iqbal says incidents of terrorism have reduced by eighty to ninety percent as compared to 2013 and peace has been restored in the length and breadth of the country.  Interior Minister says participation of World XI in Independence Cup tournament in Lahore has promoted soft image of Pakistan at international level.

Analysts on Telephone: 

Abida Hussain (Former Ambassador):

UNGA session has always been very important. The heads of the governments prepare for it throughout the year. Prime Minister Shahid Khaqan Abbasi will address to the session this time. He will talk about Pakistan’s role in fight against terrorism.  Also, he will talk about Kashmir issue as well. Kashmir is a pending issue on UN agenda list. Business council is an important institution and visit of its delegation to Pakistan will present a great opportunity.

Dr. Pervaiz Iqbal Cheema (IR Expert): 

The United Nations is the only universal body and it holds an annual session. Its annual session is about to start. The leaders from different region try to highlight their issues in this session. The atrocities in Kashmir should also be highlighted in this session. The world leaders avoid talking about Kashmir issue. Pakistan should highlight this issue with full force. The UN major countries should play their part to resolve this issue.  

Brig. Retd. Mehmood Shah (Defence Analyst):

This is one of the major forums which is used to make decisions on global matters. Pakistan should tell the world about its successes in the 0fight against terrorism. The global countries should appreciate Pakistan’s efforts in fight against terrorism. Pakistan should also highlight that few of the regional countries are perpetrating terrorism in the region. Pakistan should highlight Indian atrocities and brutalities in Occupied Kashmir. We should stand united against terrorism.

ECP finalizes all arrangements to conduct bye-elections in NA-120 Lahore

Polling in NA-120 Lahore will be held tomorrow (Sunday). A spokesperson of Election Commission in Lahore said the polling will be held from 8 am to 5 pm without any break.  He said there are 3,21633 registered voters including 1, 79505 male and 1,42128 female voters in NA-120. A total of 220 Presiding officers, 568 Assistant Presiding Officers and 568 polling officers will perform their election duties. Meanwhile, all necessary administrative and security measures have been finalized to hold free, fair and impartial by-election. 

Tahira Aurengzeb (Leader, PML-N):  

The people of this constituency love PML-N and the family of Mian Muhammad Nawaz Sharif. That love and attachment has increased after the decision of Supreme Court. The people of NA-120 will support PML-N with more enthusiasm. No government machinery is being used in NA-120 election.

Host: Hafiz Abdul Maajid 

Co Host: Dr. Khurram Iqbal 

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