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PM to visit to attend UNGA on Monday2017/09/16
ISLAMABAD: The Prime Minister would lead Pakistan delegation to the 72nd Session of the United Nations General Assembly in New York from 18 September (Monday).
The Annual Session of the General Assembly has special significance as it is attended by a large number of Heads of State and Government. The theme of this year's  session is 'Focusing on people; Striving for peace & decent life for all on a Sustainable Planet;On the sidelines of the General Assembly Session, the Prime Minister will hold bilateral meetings with a number of world leaders and the Secretary General of the United Nations. The Prime Minister will address the Council on Foreign Relations and will interact with the US Pakistan Business Council. The Prime Minister will also have extensive interaction with the international media.
On the margins of the session, Ministerial level meetings of many regional and sub-regional organizations will be held, including OIC, G-77, ECO, SAARC, Commonwealth, D-8 and others. There will also be a meeting of the OIC Contact Group on Jammu and Kashmir.
Pakistan is a great advocate of multilateralism and the United Nations to promote collective responses to the multifaceted challenges of global peace, security and development. We would continue our constructive role and engagement at the UN with a view to protecting and promoting our national interests, including on core issues such as Jammu & Kashmir, reform of the Security Council, counter-terrorism, human rights, peacekeeping, and a host of development and other matters. - NNI
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Uzbekistan keen to strengthen ties with Pak2017/09/16
ISLAMABAD: Ambassador of Uzbekistan Furqat Sidiqov Friday said that his government is keen to further strengthen ties with Pakistan through extending cooperation in multiple areas.
According to a press release issued here Friday, the ambassador called on National Security Adviser Lt ...

NA-120: ECP calls 7 MNAs, MPAs on code violation2017/09/16
LAHORE: The Election Commission of Pakistan (ECP) has issued notices to seven National Assembly and provincial assembly members on Friday (September 15) for violation of code of conduct during electioneering in NA-120 constituency.
The notices were served after Returning Officer issued notices to the lawmakers but no replies were filed within the due time.
Senator Pervaiz Rashid, Talal Chaudhry, Shaista Pervez, Maiza Hameed and Saiful Malook of Pakistan Muslim League-Nawaz were served the notices while from Pakistan Tehreek-e-Insaf, two politicians were sought explanation off namely Sadia Sohail Rana and Mehmoodur Rahseed.
All of the seven lawmakers have been ordered to file replies in the election commission by September 20. 
"ECP has prohibited members of the national assembly from campaigning for the by-election," the notification said.
The ruling party has been fielding former Prime Minister Nawaz Sharif's spouse Begum Kulsoom Nawaz in Lahore's NA-120 constituency.
"Violating the code of conduct, you [Hameed and Kokab] have been campaigning for Kulsoom Nawaz," the notification added.
According to the notification, the duo had been dispatched a similar notice on September 6 but they had failed to respond.
This time they have been summoned on September 20.
The ECP also summoned the Punjab chief secretary to turn up before it on September 20 for a hearing into the violation of the code of conduct.
Reminding the chief secretary of being subpoenaed earlier this month, the ECP's notification stated that the political activities continued in the constituency despite its prohibition. - NNI
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Bill in NA to extend SC, IHC jurisdiction to FATA2017/09/16
ISLAMABAD: Minister for Law and Justice Zahid Hamid here on Friday introduced a Bill to extend the jurisdiction of the Supreme Court of Pakistan and the Islamabad High Court to the Federally Administered Tribal Areas
The Minister said, I am introducing a Bill to extend the jurisdiction of the Supreme Court of Pakistan and the Islamabad High Court to the Federally Administered Tribal Areas [The Supreme Court and High Court (Extension of Jurisdiction to Federally Administered Tribal Areas) Bill, 2017].
It is pertinent to mention that the federal cabinet on Tuesday approved extension of the jurisdiction of the Supreme Court and the Islamabad High Court (IHC) to the Federally Administered Tribal Areas (FATA) as a first step towards implementation of the FATA reform.
In the initial draft that had been prepared in the light of suggestions of a six-member special committee that had proposed merger of the tribal areas with Khyber Pakhtunkhwa, the jurisdiction of the Peshawar High Court (PHC) was to be extended to the tribal areas. - NNI
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Pak, US agree to further strengthen bilateral ties2017/09/16
ISLAMABAD: Prime Minister Shahid Khaqan Abbasi has emphasized the importance of engagement between Pakistan and the United States to pursue common objectives and issues of mutual interest. He was talking to US Ambassador David Hale in Islamabad on Friday.
It was agreed that the decades long relations between Pakistan and the US should be further strengthened through multifaceted engagement.
Meanwhile, in his meeting with the Afghan Ambassador Hazrat Omar Zakhilwal, the Prime Minister highlighted Pakistan's commitment for peace and stability in the region and particularly in Afghanistan.
He reiterated Pakistan's support for Afghan-led and Afghan-owned reconciliation process.
Ambassador Omar Zakhilwal conveyed the commitment of Afghan government to work for furthering bilateral relations between the two countries that have significant historical, cultural, economic and political linkages.
Meanwhile, Prime Minister Shahid Khaqan Abbasi says achieving balanced energy mix and reduction in the basket price of electricity remains the foremost priority of the government.
He stated this during briefing on the performance of various power distribution companies across the country in Islamabad Friday.
Heads of various distribution companies briefed the Prime Minister about overall performance of their respective organizations focusing on load management profile in their areas and the measures being taken to reduce line losses and improve recoveries. 
The Prime Minister directed the heads of the distribution companies to carry out a detailed diagnostic analysis of the technical and administrative issues of the existing system and come up with workable solutions for their redressal. Transmission and distribution losses, along with slippages in recoveries of billed amount were causing a huge drain in national finance. 
Taking note of various issues highlighted by the parliamentarians concerning developmental scheme in the power sector, the Prime Minister directed heads of distribution companies to adopt proactive approach with regards to implementation of projects being undertaken under Sustainable Development Goals. 
The Prime Minister also directed DISCO chiefs to put in place a robust complaint management system in their respective organizations and to be more responsive towards public representatives. 
Power demand and supply situation in the country was also reviewed during the meeting. The meeting noted with satisfaction that there was a marked improvement in the power generation and supply situation compared to the years 2013-14. 
The Prime Minister reiterated that achieving balanced energy mix and achieving reduction in the basket price of electricity remains the foremost priority of the government. - NNI
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