PM Imran should not meet Pompeo when he visits Pakistan: Raza Rabbani

ISLAMABAD: Former Senate Chairman Raza Rabbani on Monday suggested that Prime Minister Imran Khan should not meet US Secretary of State Michael Pompeo when he visits Pakistan.

“US secretary of state’s meeting with PM Imran will be against protocol,” Rabbani said while speaking to the media.

The Pakistan Peoples Party (PPP) leader further said that the foreign minister should meet the US secretary of state instead of the prime minister.

“The transcript of a telephonic conversation between PM Imran and Pompeo was made public and this is a new way of exerting pressure,” he added.

Raza Rabbani continued, “The US canceled funds to Pakistan for the second time.”

He further said that the US is not paying for the expenses incurred in the war against terror.

“Pakistan is not taking any aid from the US,” he asserted.

Last week, US Defence Secretary James Mattis confirmed Pompeo and Chairman of the Joint Chiefs of Staff Committee General Joseph Dunford will visit Pakistan this week to meet PM Imran.

AJK PM directs to evolve a strategy to address problems of masses

MUZAFFARABAD: Prime Minister of Azad Jammu and Kashmir Raja Farooq Haider Khan has directed the cabinet members and secretaries to the government to evolve a comprehensive strategy to address the genuine problems of the masses in the state.

Addressing the Cabinet meeting in Muzaffarabad on Monday, he directed the concerned quarters to form an effective transfer policy in their respective departments.

He said heads of the institutions must ensure the attendance of the officers and employees in public services departments.

He also directed to display the quotes of the founder of Pakistan, Quaid e Azam Muhammad Ali Jinnah in all government offices besides re-composition of state anthem.

The Prime Minister said legislation regarding press and publication in Azad Kashmir would be made soon. He said environmental hazards caused by the Neelum Jehlum and Kohala Hydropower Projects would be minimized.

Inspector General Police Azad Kashmir briefed the cabinet about the security arrangements during Moharam ul Haram. He told that 1732 Majalis and 158 processions would be held throughout the state. Inspector General Police said that foolproof security arrangements have been made for the Moharram ul Haram.

Azad Jammu and Kashmir cabinet paid rich tribute to the late leader and former Advisor Sardar Khan Bahadur Khan, Constable Maqbool Hussain and Chaudhry Muhammad Hassan for their matchless services for the motherland.

Government taking steps to provide jobs to youth in the region: CM GB Hafiz Hafeez-ur-Rehman

GILGIT: Gilgit-Baltistan Chief Minister Hafiz Hafeez-ur-Rehman says the government is taking steps to provide jobs to youth in the region.

Addressing a Party gathering in Skardu, the Chief Minister said he has directed the administration to advertise vacant posts in all government departments and ensure appointments on merit.

He said Solid Waste Management Company would be introduced in all districts to keep the area clean. The Chief Minister also inaugurated DC Office building in Shigher.

Problems of people to be solved at their doorsteps: Sardar Usman Buzdar

LAHORE: Punjab Chief Minister Sardar Usman Buzdar says new local government system will be introduced and problems of people will be solved at their doorsteps through the new system.

In a statement in Lahore, he said we are committed to moving forward for welfare and progress as per vision of Prime Minister Imran Khan.

Balochistan Health Secretary for expanding the reach of nutrition programme

Balochistan Health Secretary for expanding the reach of nutrition programme

QUETTA: In Balochistan, the provincial health department has completed its work to expand Nutrition Project for Mothers and Children to twenty-four more districts of the province.

Provincial Health Secretary Muhammad Nasar said the expansion of the project to the new districts is awaiting the provincial cabinet’s approval.

He said the project marked significant achievements in seven districts of the province, where its first phase was launched.

Saleh Nasar said this programme helped curtail mortality rate in Dera Bugti, Khulo, Punjgor, Killa Saifullah, Lasbila, Noshki and Kharan.

He said as a result of careful measures taken by the health department under this programme, malnutrition ratio of under five years of age children has reduced by thirty percent in the last two years.

The Secretary said ten percent reduction in anemia has also been achieved.