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President Mamnoon Hussain visited the residence of renowned scholar and writer Mushtaq Ahmad Yusufi in Karachi to inquire about his health.

Appreciating the services of Yusufi, the President said intellectuals and writers are an asset of the nation. On this occasion Mushtaq Ahmad Yusufi presented his book to the President. President Mamnoon Hussain also visited former IBA director Danishmand Farooqi at his residence. Talking on the occasion Mamnoon Hussain said teachers are an asset for the nation.

 

Pakistan wants cordial ties with all its neighbors including Afghanistan and India and intends to resolve all outstanding issues through talks.

Addressing at U.S. Think tank, Carnegie endowment for international peace, in Washington, Special Assistant to the Prime Minister, Tariq Fatimi, said Pakistan believes in non-interference in internal affairs of Afghanistan and wants others to reciprocate this effort. He highlighted Prime Minister's vision for peace in the region. Tariq Fatimi said international community including the United States recognizes Pakistan's efforts to improve the relations among regional countries. He also referred to Prime Minister Nawaz Sharif's latest visit to India as an effort to boost ties with the neighbors. Speaking about ongoing military operation in North Waziristan agency, Tariq Fatimi said action is being taken against terrorists without any discrimination. He said the military operation will continue till complete success.

 

Sartaj Aziz chaired an inter-ministerial Meeting in Islamabad to review the issue of rehabilitation of dislocated people of North Waziristan.

Secretary economic affairs division gave a presentation outlining various options, based on past experience. The representative of Safron informed the meeting that Fata secretariat was already in the process of preparing a damage assessment report, on the basis of which needs assessment in terms of rehabilitation and reconstruction, would be carried out. The meeting was attended by secretary economic affairs division, chairman NDMA and representatives of Safron and military operations directorate.

 

Minister for states and frontier regions Abdul Qadir Baloch has said that there is no room for failure in the war against terrorism.

Addressing a news conference in Islamabad, he said the entire nation will have to stand by the idps in this hour of trial. He urged the nation to play its role by taking active participation in relief activities, so to win the hearts and minds of the idps. The minister said the government has ample resources to tackle this issue alone, no matter any person comes forward or not. He said it is not difficult to eliminate the hide outs of terrorists but the real challenge will be the honorable return of the affected people to their homes. He said so far about one million idps have been registered, while Nadra has verified 50,000 families. The minister said terrorism has badly affected the economy of the country, and in fact the war against terror is more important than the wars Pakistan fought in 1965 and 1971. He reiterated that Pakistan is an investment paradise, but due to this menace, neither international investment is coming, nor local investors are ready to invest. He said there could be targeted operations in Karachi, Lahore, Islamabad and other major cities. Responding to a question, the minister said after completion of the operation, it will at least take three months for return and rehabilitation of idps.

 

Chaudhry Nisar said he is committed to ensure the culture of honesty and hard work in all attached departments of the ministry.

While chairing a meeting of heads of attached departments of ministry of interior, in Islamabad the minister exhorted all officials to commit themselves to equal application of law and uphold highest standards in their decision making at all levels. The minister directed the officers to strictly follow the rules of business while interacting with other ministries and foreigners. The minister took strong notice of recent incident of human smuggling from Islamabad airport and said that strict action will be taken against those officials who prove inefficient or unwilling to stop these illegal activities. The meeting also discussed various measures to check and deter such activities of illegal immigration in future that bring bad name to the country. The minister emphasized that incompetence, dishonesty and lack of commitment will not be tolerated in any government department. He directed the Ict administration and police to take foolproof security measures in last days of Ramzan and especially on the eve of Eid ul Fitr. IG ICT informed the minister that a pro-active approach is being followed regarding the security of Islamabad. Chairman NADRA informed the meeting that household survey in seven out 21 sectors of Islamabad has been completed with the help of Islamabad police and registration in rest of sectors will be completed by the end of November. Chairman NADRA also informed that construction work on safe city project is continuing. Secretary Interior, Dg FIA, chairman Nadra, secretary narcotics, IG ICT, Chief Commissioner ICT, NC NACTA, DG immigration and passports, DG Civil Defence, DG National police bureau and DG National police foundation attended the meeting.

 
 
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