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The government has requested the Supreme Court for more time to finalize the name of new Chief Election Commissioner.

The request was made by the Attorney General, who appeared before the apex court during hearing of the case regarding appointment of Chief Election Commissioner today. Attorney General told the court that Prime Minister and opposition leader had agreed on a name for the post, but a political party expressed reservations on it. Due to this, the said personality refused to become Chief Election Commissioner. The court adjourned the hearing till 1st December.


President Mamnoon Hussain has said efficient energy generation and management system is indispensable for economic progress of the country.

Opening a three-day ‘International Conference on Energy Systems and Policies’, in Islamabad, he pointed out that energy shortage has adversely affected the life of common man and economy with impact on national security. The President noted that the government has started several hydro, solar and coal-based projects, which are also important for diversification of energy mix. Addressing the conference, Air Chief Marshal Tahir Rafique Butt said Pakistan has the requisite human resources to overcome the energy crisis. He said the international community should also set aside their misperceptions about Pakistan and come forward for assistance to solve the problem. Chairman Higher Education Commission (HEC) Mukhtar Ahmad, in his remarks, said the universities should come up with solutions on the problems faced by the country, including energy and water shortages.


Punjab Chief Minister Muhammad Shahbaz Sharif has said that the politics of sit-ins and agitation has caused immense damage to the country's economy.

He was talking to the leader of Pakistan Muslim League-Nawaz (PML-N) Balochistan and former Senator Nawabzada Mir Lashkari Raisani in Lahore on Monday. He said that personal interests have no place in front of national interest. He said that the politics of stubbornness and personal ego is not in country or nation's interest. Punjab Chief Minister said that public has given a five year mandate to the PML (N) Government and it is busy day and night in serving and solving their problems. He said that the journey of country's development and prosperity will be completed under the leadership of Prime Minister Mian Muhammad Nawaz Sharif.


SAARC Foreign Ministers meeting will be held in Kathmandu on Tuesday ahead of the summit meeting in the Nepalese capital on Wednesday.

Advisor to Prime Minister on National Security and Foreign Affairs Sartaj Aziz will represent Pakistan in the ministerial meeting. The meeting will finalize agenda for the two-day summit. Prime Minister Nawaz Sharif will lead Pakistan delegation at the summit. The theme of the summit is “deeper integration for peace and prosperity”.


Pakistan and Turkmenistan have agreed to enhance bilateral cooperation in the field of petroleum, trade, infrastructure and industries.

Consensus to this effect came during a meeting between Minister of State for Petroleum and Natural Resources Jam Kamal and the President of Turkmenistan in Ashgabat. Both sides agreed to complete the proposed TAPI gas pipeline according to the schedule. Jam Kamal also conveyed a message of good-will of Prime Minister Nawaz Sharif to Turkmen President.


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