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Pakistan has expressed to the Saudi leadership its deep concern at the increasing threats to regional peace and stability in the Middle East.

During talks between Prime Minister Nawaz Sharif and Sauid leadership in Riyadh yesterday Pakistan also emphasized that there is a dire need to ensure that the region did not get further destabilized by terrorist groups and other non-state actors.

 

Various world leaders including Turkish President Recep Tayyip Erdogan, British Prince Phillip and secretary general of the organization of Islamic cooperation met President Mamnoon Hussain in Istanbul.

The meetings were held during the peace conference held on the occasion of the beginning of the centenary commemoration of Canakkale battles in turkey. During the informal meeting between President Mamnoon Hussain and President Recep Tayyip Erdogan of Turkey, the two leaders exchanged pleasantries. During the informal meeting between President Mamnoon Hussain and British prince Phillip, the two leaders discussed various international issues. Secretary General OIC, Iyad Ameen Madani also met the president. During the meeting, they exchanged views on the challenges faced by Muslim Ummah. President Mamnoon Hussain attended the ceremony of centenary commemoration of Canakkale battles. Leaders from different countries also attend the ceremony.

 

Federal government has announced hajj policy for this year.

Announcing the policy at a news conference in Islamabad, federal minister for religious affairs Sardar Yousaf said more than one hundred and forty-three thousand intending pilgrims from Pakistan will perform hajj this year. The minister said this year the hajj quota has been reduced. He said hajj application will be received from April 27 to may 08 and balloting will be held on may 14. He said designated banks will receive hajj applications from 27th April to 8 may. The minister said this year's hajj package will be of 264,971 rupees. He said hajj expenses have been reduced this year. Pilgrims will deposit 14,210 rupees for sacrifice. Sardar Yousaf said the medical mission will consist of 450 people. The minister said all arrangements are being finalized for the stay of intending hujjaj.

 

Imam-i-Khana Kaaba Khalid al-Ghaamidi has said that certain people are trying to give bad name to islam through violence and terrorism while Islam teaches patience, tolerance and forbearance.

Delivering Friday sermon at Bahria town mosque in Lahore, the imam-e-kaaba said holy prophet Muhammad peace be upon him guaranteed all rights to minorities in an Islamic state. He said Islam wants its followers to hold a great character and looked exceptional than the rest in terms of general conduct and social behavior. He said Islam prevents us from developing negative sentiments against our fellow muslims. Imam Kaaba said there is no compulsion in Islam and it doesn’t want anyone else to be converted under duress. He called upon the leaders, politicians and decision making individuals to seek the direction in terms of economy and social affairs from the Holy Quran. Imam-e-Kaaba called upon the muslims to promote education and research. He also offered special prayers for the well being of Saudi king Salman bin Abdul Aziz and Pakistani leadership. The imam-i-khana Kaaba is on a four day visit to Pakistan and is also to call on President Mamnoon Hussain and Prime Minister Nawaz Sharif besides leading scholars and philanthropists. The management of the mosque informed the imam of Khana Kaaba that this is the seventh biggest mosque in the Muslim world and third largest mosque in the world is under construction in Karachi.

 

Minister for water and power Khawaja Asif has said electricity generation in the country has increased by 1,500 megawatt as compared to the last year.

Briefing the media about the current situation of power generation in the country, the minister said last year the generation was ten thousand megawatts, but due to the government's efforts this year it has reached to eleven thousand five hundred megawatts. He said that power projects of eight thousand three hundred seventy mega watts have been signed with china during Chinese President's visit to Pakistan. Kahwaja Asif said the government had ensured zero load-shedding to the industrial sector in the last four months. The minister said government is making utmost efforts to provide maximum relief in terms of provision of electricity to masses during summer.

 
 
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