PM to lead Pakistani delegation at UNGA 72nd session beginning from Monday
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:
Ali Sarwar Naqvi (Former Ambassador):
The UNGA meeting is an annual event, which helps world leaders to meet with one another. Prime Minister Shahid Khaqan Abbasi is going to lead Pakistan’s delegation this time. There will be meetings between leaders of different countries. The Prime Minister will make speeches at different forums and platforms. This is useful meeting which would help convey Pakistan's concerns to heads of states and friendly countries.
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.
Maiza Hameed (Leader, PML-N):
It is important that institutions are playing their role in Pakistan. If Election Commission is doing everything effectively, we should welcome it. Election Commission is trying to ensure transparency and all candidates should not have any doubts. This is going to set new trends of transparency in Pakistan. These electoral reforms will play major role in future elections in Pakistan. This the constituency where PML-N has never lost and we will win this time again.
Co Host: Yusra / Maha