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Prime Minister Nawaz Sharif satisfied with this year’s Hajj arrangements

Prime Minister felicitates Ministry of Religious Affairs for making best possible arrangements for the pilgrims. Prime Minister Nawaz Sharif has expressed satisfaction over the arrangements made for this year's Hajj. He was chairing the special cabinet meeting in Islamabad today. He felicitated the Ministry of Religious Affairs and the officials concerned for making best possible arrangements for the pilgrims. Meanwhile, audit report about the alleged inflated electricity bills has been presented before the cabinet. The Cabinet will also review performance of three ministries including Pakistan Railways, Planning and Development, and Petroleum.


Information Minister Pervaiz Rashid says the Supreme Court has rejected allegations of Imran Khan about rigging in general elections.

Talking to newsmen in Islamabad, he said Imran Khan has been leveling allegations from container but did not appear before the apex court to prove them. The Minister said Imran Khan could neither prove his allegations on roads nor in the Supreme Court. He said it would be effort of the government to give satisfactory response to his points and demands during discussions.


President Mamnoon Hussain underscored the need to take effective measures for improving service delivery and work for public interests which would catalyze socio-economic development.

Addressing participants of national management course in Islamabad the President said that the civil servants play a key role in managing affairs of the state and the public through formulation of national policies and its implementation. He said people of Pakistan expected good governance and effective service delivery for Redressal of their problems. The President stressed on adopting continuity and a unified approach in pursuit of national goals and priorities in order to put the country on path of sustainable development. In this regard, civil servants should act in unison and with dedication in achieving the goals and meaningfully contribute to the national good. The President urged the participants to perform their duties with utmost honesty, dedication and discourage all forms of corruption in their sphere of influence.


The National Assembly has been told that 15 million rupees of grant have been requested for the welfare and provision of legal assistance to destitute women in jails.

The house was told so during the question hour by the federal minister for information, law and justice senator Pervaiz Rasheed. While responding to a query he said that government is aware of the challenges women are facing and is determined t continue that plans that can favor women including bringing about legislation and its implementation. The parliamentary secretary for science and technology Talal Chaudhry said that there are 78 items that are inspected under the ministry every four months. Although he made it clear that inspection of restaurants and rest of the items is a provincial matter now. Responding to a calling attention notice state minister fro national health services Saira Afazal Tarar said 1 in foru women is suffering from breast cancer. She said government is about to execute a new policy that would prepare health workers and rural based staff to spread the awareness regarding breast cancer at district level. During the session leader of the Oppostion Syed Khursheed Shah pointed out the incident of OGDCL employees who according to him were manhandled. Pakistan Peoples Party walked out of the session on this issue as well. In his brief statement over the issue federal Interior Minister Chaudhry Nisar Ali Khan said that his government supports the worker rights and a committee shall be formed to inquire into this issue. He said it could be an incident of over efficiency shown by some officials . He assured the house that the inquiry report would be presented before the house as soon as possible. In reply to another calling attention minister for education and training Baleegh Ur Rehman took the house in confidence over portraying Israel as a peaceful state through setting up a stall by a local university. He said that Pakistan does not recognize Israel as a state and stands by the Palestinians against Israeli atrocities . He said appropriate steps are being taken to pin point the individual who let this activity happen, although he said UN is running a world wide program named un model women and this activity was part of the same program. He assured the house that not only the project in charge have been suspended but an inquiry is also underway to find out if there were any ulterior motive behind highlighting Israeli culture at university level. Talking on point of order Zahibzada Tariq Ullah raised the issue of handing out capital punishment to Matee ur Rehman Nizami of Jamat e Islami leader by the Bangladesh government. Shaikh Aftab said since Bangladesh is a sovereign state the matter would be discussed with the foreign ministry first. The house has been adjourned to meet again tomorrow at 11 am.


A severe tropical cyclone Nilofar developed in the in Arabian sea has started loosing strength and is undergoing a weakening trend

It is now located at about 650 km southwest of Karachi and 630 km south of Gawadar. According to met office Nilofar will pass off the coast of Karachi at a distance of 250 kilometers some time tomorrow and will not strike the coast of Karachi. Nilofer will make landfall at Indian Gujarat and coastal areas of lower Sindh by tomorrow. The cyclone will continue to move in north eastern direction towards adjoining coastal areas of lower Sindh and Indian Gujrat at a speed of 14 kilometer per hour in next 12 hours. However heavy to very heavy rain along with gusty winds is expected in next two days in coastal areas of lower Sindh and Balochistan. Fishermen and people have been directed not to go into open sea as extreme rough sea conditions are predicted. Pakistan navy has established emergency response centers to meet any unexpected situation due to cyclone Nilofar. Personnel of Pakistan navy are working round the clock and proving help and support to the people living on the coastal areas of Sindh and Balochistan. Sindh government has declared emergency in five districts of the province including Karachi, Badin, Thatha, Tharparkar and Sajawal. As a precaution schools and colleges in these districts will remain closed tomorrow as govt. Of Sindh has declared a local holiday in Thattha, Badin, and Tharparkar in the wake of cyclone. In the next 24 hours lower Sindh including Karachi, Haiseradbad, Mir Pur Khas division are expected to receive heavy thundershowers where as Sukkar, Larkana division including Bahawalpur and Qallat- Makran division will also receive rain and high winds.


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