Whole nation determine to root out terrorism from Pakistan: CM

LAHORE – Punjab Chief Minister Shahbaz Sharif has said that whole nation was determined to eliminate terrorism from Pakistan.
whole-nation-determine-to-root-out-terrorism-from-pakistan-cm-1425375004-2397The chief minister was talking to a parliamentarian delegation that called on him in Lahore on Tuesday. During the meeting, he said that peace would be brought again in the country by winning war against terrorism. He said that decisive war against terrorists and their facilitators was being carried on and terrorism would be rooted out from the country.
Shahbaz said that effective measures were taken in the province under National Action Plan which is proving fruitful for elimination of terrorism. He was determined to win the war against terrorism for security and stability of Pakistan. He said that the Punjab government has approved first phase of reforms in motor vehicles system.
The approval was accorded at a meeting chaired by Chief Minister Shahbaz Sharif in Lahore. The meeting decided to change the payment system of token tax and introducing Dealers Vehicles Registration system for registration of new vehicles and motorcycles. The chief minister said under DVR system, registration and number plate will be issued from dealer.
Shahbaz said with the change of token tax system, special stickers will be issued to vehicles on payment of token tax. He said that ATM and online facility will be provided for payment of token tax. He added that the number plate of vehicle will be changed with the change of ownership.

Senate elections will use secret ballot: ECP

Islamabad- Election Commission of Pakistan says the Senate elections will be held through secret ballot.
senate-elections-will-use-secret-ballot-ecp-1425372883-2593It has directed the returning officers for the polls to ensure that the secrecy of the ballot is not violated by the voters.
ECP has banned the members of the national assembly and the provincial assemblies from taking their mobile phone or any other electronic device through which picture can be taken. Candidates can withdraw from elections by 12.00 noon tomorrow. Polling for the Senate elections will be held at the parliament house Islamabad and the four provincial assemblies on Thursday.

CM Punjab to review blind people’s demands in emergency meeting

Lahore- Chief Minister of Punjab (CM) Shahbaz Sharif has called on an emergency meeting to review the demand of blind people, as their protest outside Punjab Assembly regarding job quota has entered into second day, despite the cold weather.
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Four phases of negotiations were carried out between Punjab government and visually impaired individuals but went unsuccessful. As per details, demonstrators tried to enter Punjab Assembly but were hampered by the police. The protesters said that CM Punjab Shahbaz Sharif promised to increase the job quota, making ad hoc employees permanent and providing jobs to unemployed people.

They added that if the implementation is done on two percent job quota then no blind will remain jobless however, if the government failed to meet our demands then the protesters will stage a hunger strike outside the Assembly.

Earlier, Spokesman to Punjab Government Zaeem Qadri told that Punjab government has increased the quota of blind people in government jobs from two to three percent, but if it is increased more, then it will be unjust to others. He said that the visually impaired individuals will be provided jobs in the areas where the seat is vacant however; it is currently not possible to provide them jobs in their district as the act will discourage other people.

Indian foreign secretary meets his Pakistani counterpart during two-day visit

ISLAMABAD: Indian Foreign Secretary S. Jaishankar met Pakistan’s Foreign Secretary Aizaz Chaudhry in Islamabad Tuesday following his arrival in Pakistan for a two-day official visit.

C54f55e409532credible sources told NNP that Secretary Chaudhry greeted his Indian counterpart warmly at the Foreign Office.

Senior officials from both sides are assisting in the talks which are the first since New Delhi called them off last year.

During the meeting, both foreign secretaries realised that peaceful dialogue is the only way forward to resolve all outstanding issues, sources told NNP.

Sources added that Chaudhry drew the Indian secretary’s attention to the recent tensions at the Line of Control (LoC) and Working Boundary.

Jaishankar said that he was happy to be visiting Pakistan and that he looks forward to having substantial and meaningful negotiations with Pakistani officials.

The primary agenda for the secretaries’ meeting was about promoting regional connectivity and trade even though both sides have an understanding about discussing bilateral matters.

Accompanied by a delegation of diplomats, Jaishankar was welcomed by officials from the Foreign Ministry as well as those from the Indian High Commission in Islamabad.

Jaishankar is in Pakistan as part of a tour of Saarc countries.

Secretary Jaishankar will also meet Adviser on Foreign Affairs and National Security Sartaj Aziz and Special Assistant to Prime Minister Tariq Fatimi. Later in the day, he is also expected to meet Prime Minister Nawaz Sharif.

Indian diplomatic sources told NNP that Secretary Shankar is on a goodwill visit to Saarc countries and that only Saarc related matters would be discussed by him during his visit.

Islamabad is the third stop in Jaishankar’s Saarc trip that began on Sunday. He earlier visited Bhutan and Bangladesh. He will travel to Kabul from here on Wednesday.

The visit is taking place almost seven months after Delhi cancelled the last planned secretaries’ dialogue in August on the pretext that Pakistani High Commissioner in Delhi Abdul Basit had consulted Kashmiri leaders.

Both sides are to hold what officials have been describing as “talks for talks” (dialogue on resuming suspended talks).

Stranded Pakistani passengers arrive in Lahore

LAHORE: Over 200 Pakistani passengers who were stranded in New Delhi yesterday arrived at Lahore’s Allama Iqbal International Airport on Tuesday morning.

54f5598d40a25The Gulf Air flight GF-766 was scheduled to depart from Bahrain for Pakistan on Monday. The flight was, however, diverted to New Delhi because of a technical fault.

The pilot of the flight informed the Delhi airport control room that a technical fault had developed in the aircraft and sought permission to land.

Passengers faced difficulty when they were stranded for 12-14 hours in the plane as Indian authorities did not allow them to disembark.

Prime Minister Nawaz Sharif and his Adviser on Aviation Shujaat Azeem had also taken notice of the issue.

PM Nawaz had asked Azeem to contact the concerned authorities and arrange a special PIA flight, if needed. He had also asked Pakistan’s High Commission in Delhi to look after the passengers.