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Education indispensable for promotion of democratic values: Prime Minister

Prime Minister Muhammad Nawaz Sharif terming education as the best investment into future said the government aims at developing an educational system that is compatible with the requirements of a knowledge-based economy. Addressing the convocation of the air university Islamabad, he said the government was to introduce a modern system of education in the country which promotes culture of tolerance and Enlightment in the country. The prime minister said he wanted a Pakistan where every citizen is educated because education is vital for the social development of the country. He said the constitution is based on Islamic principles and Islam stresses the need for education. Prime Minister Nawaz Sharif said reforms will be introduced in education system to make it in accordance with the needs of modern times. He said special attention will be paid on girlsí education in the new education policy. Nawaz Sharif said more than half of the population comprise of women and they will be provided better opportunities to play their due role in nation building. The prime minister assured that land will be allocated for construction of new campus of Air University. Later, the prime minister gave away degrees and awards to about one thousand graduates of the university.


3G, 4G spectrum brings Pakistan to cutting edge of technology: Prime Minister

Prime Minister Muhammad Nawaz Sharif has said successful auction of 3g and 4g spectrums has opened up new world of exploration and achievement. In his congratulatory message, he said this much delayed initiative has brought Pakistan to the cutting edge of technology, upon which our nation will achieve new frontiers of advancement. He said the adoption of this technology will not only improve service delivery in every area, but will open up new opportunities for employment business and income generation. He congratulated the people who made this technological launch possible. Nawaz Sharif said the team led by Finance Minister Ishaq Dar and minister of state for information and technology, Anusha Rehman made the auction possible in a transparent and most competitive manner. The Prime Minister also commended Pakistan telecommunication authority officials for successful execution of the auction.


US special representative for Pakistan and Afghanistan Mr. James dobbins met Chaudhry Nisar.

US special representative for Pakistan and Afghanistan Mr. James dobbins met interior Minister Chaudhry Nisar Ali Khan and discussed overall regional situation. Dobbins eulogized the role of Pakistan both as an ally and as a major player in the region in the cause of peace and stability. He assured the minister that U.S. Views the nawaz sharif government as a reliable partner in the pursuit of peace and is committed to a multi-faceted and long-term relationship with pakistan. He said Pakistanís importance is going to multiply in the aftermath of the withdrawal of us forces from Afghanistan. Chaudhry Nisar Ali Khan emphasized the need for openness and transparency in relationship and demanded a genuine and honest appraisal and appreciation of Pakistanís role without which the relationship can never be substantive or proactive. It was agreed to maintain close interaction both at policy level and in term of areas of close cooperation.


Pakistan terms Indian criticism on its institutions as baseless.

Pakistan has termed Indian criticism on its institutions as baseless and said those involved in this propaganda should first look into their internal matters. In her weekly media briefing, Foreign Office spokesperson Tasnim Aslam said negative reporting in connection with Hamid Mir's episode is done, which does not surprise Pakistan. She condemned attack on Hamid Mir and prayed for his speedy recovery. On polling in Indian held Kashmir, the spokesperson said this election cannot be the alternative of Kashmiris' right to self-determination. She said cooperation between Iran and India regarding energy is their bilateral matter. On Pakistan-Iran energy cooperation, particularly import of electricity, Tasnim Aslam said international sanctions do not hurt this agreement as purchase of electricity from Iran is government-to-government agreement. Regarding Pakistan-Iran gas pipeline project, she rejected the impression about termination of the project and said there are funding issues. About sanctions on this project, she said building of extensive infrastructure and international financing take it to a category where international sanctions are applicable. Responding to a question about Prime Minister Nawaz Sharif's visit to Iran, the spokesperson said it will take place before 15th of next month. She said process of meetings between both the countries officials is in progress in order to make the visit substantial. She said visit of Iranian Foreign Minister was not on cards, while the Interior Minister will visit Pakistan soon. About the visit of US special representative for Pakistan and Afghanistan James Dobbins, the spokesperson said he will be holding meetings with the Prime Minister, Advisor on Foreign Affairs and National Security, Interior Minister and Chief of Army Staff. She said Pakistan embassy in Washington during the past few months has extensively engaged James Dobbins who is US focal person. Tasnim Aslam said Dobbins will be sharing views with Pakistani leaders on matters of regional security, Afghanistan and our bilateral ties.


Finance Minister Ishaq Dar has said, undue delay in financial matters shed negative impact over economy.

He was addressing a workshop on financial discipline in Islamabad. Ishaq Dar said financial discipline is prerequisite for economic stability. He said government is planning to bring down budget deficit to four percent in next three years.


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