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Prevention Of Trafficking In Persons Bill Smoothly Sails Through NA

The National Assembly on Wednesday passed unanimously the Prevention of Trafficking in Persons Bill aimed at providing effective measures to prevent and combat human trafficking of especially women an

HEC Working On Establishment Of 14 More Degree Awarding Universities: NA Told

Minister for Federal Education and Professional Training Muhammad Baligh-ur- Rehman Wednesday informed the National Assembly that the Higher Education Commission

PM Hopeful About Consensus Nominee For Interim Set Up

Prime Minister Shahid Khaqan Abbasi Tuesday said that consultation process for reaching to a consensus nominee to lead a caretaker government in the run up to general election would be finalized withi

PM, Parliamentary Leaders Discuss FATA Reforms

A meeting of parliamentary leaders and representatives of various political parties chaired by Prime Minister Shahid Khaqan Abbasi Tuesday discussed legislative matters

Cabinet Approves Placement Of Draft Amendment For FATA’s Merger Before Parliament

The Federal Cabinet Tuesday approved the placement of draft constitutional amendment before the Parliament for the merger of Federally Administered Tribal Areas (FATA) with Khyber Pakhtunkhwa.

Pakistan’s Future Lies In Knowledge-Based Economy: Ahsan

Minister for Planning, Development and Reform Ahsan Iqbal Tuesday said Pakistan’s future lay in knowledge-based economy and that was why the government was investing in the higher education sector.

Pakistan To Host SCO-RATS Legal Experts Meeting From May 22 To 25

Pakistan is hosting the Shanghai Cooperation Organization – Regional Anti-Terrorist Structure (SCO-RATS) Legal Experts meeting here from May 22 to 25.

ECNEC Approves Projects In Power, Health Sectors

The Executive Committee of the National Economic Council (ECNEC) under the chairmanship of Prime Minister Shahid Khaqan Abbasi Tuesday gave approval to several development projects

PM Urges Provinces To Emulate High Standard Of Education Of Federal Government

Prime Minister Shahid Khaqan Abbasi Monday said the federal government has set high standards of education in the country by providing modern curriculum and quality education to the students and asked

Ahsan Vows To Wipe Out Menace Of Terrorism

Minister for Interior and Planning, Development and Reform Ahsan Iqbal on Monday re-affirmed the commitment to wipe out scourge of terrorism from the country, saying terrorism had been curtailed and w

Federal Govt approves GB reforms delegating more powers to its government

Federal Government has approved Gilgit Baltistan reforms 2018 and delegated more powers to the Provincial Government.

NCHD Enrolls 16,430 Students In Balochistan Under ‘Education For All’

National Commission on Human Development (NCHD) has enrolled 16,430 students in Balochistan at primary level to raise literary level in the country under its ‘education for all’ initiative.

Joint Ventures Among SAARC Nations Urged To Alleviate Poverty

Senior Vice President (SVP) SAARC Chamber Iftikhar Ali Malik Monday said better exchange, cooperation and building of joint ventures among SAARC countries would lead to development and help alleviatin

IT & ITES Exports Expected To Exceed US$ 5 Billion By 2020

It is expected to make Pakistan an outsourcing destination in the region by 2020, and increase IT & ITES exports to exceed US$ 5 billion due to launching of strategic initiatives along with tax holida

PM stresses need of addressing causes to check extremist tendencies around world

Prime Minister Shahid Khaqan Abbasi has stressed the need of addressing real causes to check extremist tendencies around the world.

PM urges corporate sector to establish free cancer treatment facilities

Prime Minister Shahid Khaqan Abbasi has urged the corporate sector to utilize their funds for establishing free treatment facilities for cancer patients in the country.

First-ever National Center for Cyber Security to be inaugurated today

Pakistan's first-ever National Center for Cyber Security, established at Air University Islamabad, will be inaugurated today.

International Conference Of News Agencies Creates Forum For Mutual Cooperation

A two-day International Conference of News Agencies (ICNA) has agreed to establish an International Forum of News Agencies (IFNA) for enhancing their mutual cooperation

Mushahid Urges Parliamentarians Of 25 Countries To Promote Connectivity

Pakistan will continue to support the establishment of a viable, independent and sovereign State of Palestine and with Al-Quds Al-Sharif as its capital.

NYT urges world powers to channelise efforts for resolving Kashmir dispute

The leading US newspaper "The New York Times" has suggested a tripartite dialogue on Kashmir issue, involving Pakistan, India and Kashmiris.

NSC endorses merger of FATA with Khyber Pakhtunkhwa

National Security Committee at a meeting chaired by Prime Minister Shahid Khaqan Abbasi in Islamabad has expressed the resolve that Pakistan would continue to play its role for peace and security in t

PM expresses Pakistan's full solidarity with Palestinian people against unbridled Israeli tyranny

Addressing the Extraordinary OIC Istanbul Summit Prime Minister Shahid Khaqan Abbasi expressed Pakistan's full solidarity with the Palestinian people in the face of unbridled Israeli tyranny.

Next general elections to be held on time: Info Minister

Minister for Information and Broadcasting Marriyum Aurangzeb says there is a complete unity among the PML-N ranks.

Power generation touches 20,000MW mark

The power generation in the country is 20,000 megawatt and uninterrupted electricity is being supplied to domestic consumers due to surplus than demand generation.

Pakistan officials to discuss violation of Indus Water Treaty by India with WB President

A four-member Pakistan delegation led by Attorney General Ashtar Ausaf Ali arrives in Washington today to discuss violation of Indus Water Treaty by India with the President of World Bank.

Pakistan calls for resolving Palestine, Kashmir issues according to UN resolutions

Foreign Secretary Tehmina Janjua says the opening of U.S Embassy in Al-Quds Al Sharif is in contravention of international law, especially UN Security Council and General Assembly resolutions, on the

PM expresses sorrow over plane crash in Cuba

Prime Minister Shahid Khaqan Abbasi has expressed deep grief and sorrow over the plane crash in Cuba that caused loss of precious human lives.

PM, Opposition Leader exchange views on appointment of caretaker PM

Prime Minister Shahid Khaqan Abbasi and Leader of the Opposition in the National Assembly Syed Khurshid Shah have exchanged views on appointment of a caretaker Prime Minister.

OIC calls for int'l force to protect Palestinians from Israeli atrocities

Organisation of Islamic Cooperation has called for an international force to protect the Palestinians and setting up of a committee to probe recent massacre of Palestinians by the Israeli forces.

Pakistan summons Indian envoy & condemns unprovoked firing along LoC

Acting Foreign Secretary summoned Indian High Commissioner and condemned the unprovoked ceasefire violations by the Indian occupation forces along the Line of Control and the Working Boundary today.

French firm keen to provide hi-tech milk, food cooling systems to Pakistan

A French company in the bulk food-grade liquid conservation and processing sector has showed keen interest to supply state-of-the-art hi-tech milk and food cooling integrated systems to Pakistan.

NA passes budget for next fiscal year 2018-19

The National Assembly has passed the Finance Bill 2018 giving legal cover to the budgetary proposals for the next financial year.

PM leaves for Turkey today to attend OIC summit

Prime Minister Shahid Khaqan Abbasi leaves for Turkey today to attend a special summit of OIC to discuss recent massacre of innocent Palestinians by Israeli forces.

PM expresses satisfaction over thriving Pak-China ties

Prime Minister Shahid Khaqan Abbasi has expressed satisfaction over the thriving Pak-China relations in all fields. He was talking to Vice Chairman Central Military Commission of China..

Pakistan playing vital role in regional security: US

The United States says Pakistan is playing an important role in the regional security. A Spokesperson of Pentagon Dana White said Pakistan and Afghanistan both are affected by terrorism.

Pak-China ties based on mutual trust, confidence: COAS

Vice Chairman of Chinese Central Military Commission General Zhang Youxia also called on Army Chief General Qamar Javed Bajwa at GHQ in Rawalpindi today (Thursday).

Pakistan terms shift of US embassy to Jerusalem violation of UN Charter

Pakistan has expressed support to any OIC initiative to alleviate plight of the Palestinians and deplored the failure of the UN Security Council to condemn the deadly violence by Israeli troops in Gaz

Country's future lies in continuity of democracy, rule of law: PM

Prime Minister Shahid Khaqan Abbasi says the country's future lies in continuity of democracy and rule of law. Speaking at inaugural ceremony of a Technical Institute in Islamabad..

Quality of health services improved in country: PM

Prime Minister Shahid Khaqan Abbasi says quality of health services in the country has improved owing to the government's initiatives taken in this sector.

India using pellet guns, rape as a war strategy in occupied Kashmir: FM

Foreign Minister Khurram Dastgir Khan says India is using pellet guns and rape as a war strategy against innocent Kashmiris in Occupied Kashmir.

Govt focusing on enhancing exports to strengthen economy: Miftah

Minister for Finance Miftah Ismail has said country's exports have increased while imports are decreasing due to effective policies of the government.

ECP issues list of 330 symbols for general elections

Election Commission of Pakistan has issued a list of 330 symbols for general elections. The Commission has already invited applications from political parties for allocation of symbols.

Lahore's Orange Line Metro Train conducts trial run

Punjab Chief Minister Muhammad Shahbaz inaugurated the test run of Orange Line Metro train from Dera Gujran to Lakshmi Chowk in Lahore on Wednesday. The train's route will be over twenty seven kilomet

PM directs MPs to ensure presence in Parliament for budget

A meeting of the parliamentary party of the ruling PML-N was held in Islamabad with Prime Minister Shahid Khaqan Abbasi in the chair.

Exports will grow up to 20% in next two months: Miftah

Finance Minister says the exports will grow up to 20 percent in next two months as a result of prudent economic policies of the government.

Pakistan always endeavors to maintain regional peace in region: PM

Prime Minister Shahid Khaqan Abbasi says Pakistan has always endeavored to maintain friendly relations with all regional countries and peace in the region.

Govt announced first ever film policy to promote culture: Marriyum

Minister for Information and Broadcasting Marriyum Aurangzeb says the incumbent government has announced the first ever film policy to promote culture of the country.

ECP seeks applications for party symbols till 25th May

Election Commission of Pakistan (ECP) has invited applications from political parties for allocation of election symbols till 25th of this month.

Palestine Solidarity Day to be observed in Pakistan on Friday

The nation will observe "Palestine Solidarity Day" on Friday on the directives Prime Minister Shahid Khaqan Abbasi.

Afghanistan to give up leveling baseless allegations against Pakistan: Janjua

National Security Adviser (NSA) Nasser Khan Janjua says Pakistan wants a lasting peace in Afghanistan and urged Kabul to avoid blame game as it is not in the interest of both countries.