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.

Special Program for street children to be introduced: Shafqat Mahmood

ISLAMABAD: Minister for Education and Technical Training Shafqat Mahmood has said a special program for street children and standard curriculum for the entire country will be introduced.

Talking to World Bank’s Country Director Patchamuthu Illangovan in Islamabad today, he said Pakistan is currently facing various challenges in the education sector and the Government is fully committed to resolving them.

Shafqat Mahmood said there is also the challenge of providing Quality Education and removing discrimination in the education system and Skill development.

Country Director World Bank appreciated the steps Pakistan intends to take for the promotion of Education and offered World Bank help and support in this regard.



Asian Development Bank reaffirms commitment to continue support BISP

ISLAMABAD: Asian Development Bank has reiterated its commitment to continue its support to the deprived segments of the society in Pakistan through the platform of BISP.

Director General for Central and West Asia Department of ADB Werner Liepach said this during a meeting with Secretary BISP Omar Hamid Khan in Islamabad today.

He said PTI Government is more inclined towards executing social sector initiatives through indigenous funding or soft grant options.

Secretary BISP Omar Hamid Khan welcoming the support exhibited by ADB for BISP programs said that ADB has a pivotal role in supporting women empowerment and poverty reduction in the country.

Islamabad High Court issues notice to NAB

ISLAMABAD: The Islamabad High Court issued a notice to the National Accountability Bureau for an alteration in the statement of star prosecution witness Wajid Zia, who also headed the Joint Investigation Team (JIT) that probed the Panama Papers case.

A two-member bench of the IHC, comprising Justice Athar Minallah and Justice Miangul Hassan Aurangzeb, resumed hearing Nawaz’s petition.

Meanwhile, an accountability court heard the Al-Azizia Mills and Flagship Investment corruption references against former premier Nawaz Sharif on Monday.

Nawaz was transported from Adiala prison, where he is currently incarcerated following the Avenfield verdict, to the court premises in the federal capital amid tight security.

As the hearing went underway today, Khawaja Haris’ assisting lawyer apprised the court that Nawaz’s lawyer was busy in the Islamabad High Court, where a petition is fixed for hearing in the division bench today.

Accountability court II Judge Arshad Malik, who was hearing the case, inquired about the commencement time of the IHC hearing. To this, the assisting lawyer responded by saying that the division bench starts hearing cases at 11am.

The accountability court then adjourned the hearing till 12pm.