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Defence bodies’ MPs visit GHQ, meet Army chief2017/09/19
ISLAMABAD: A group of parliamentarians and the chief of army staff reiterated their resolve to purge the country of extremism through a synergetic, whole-of-the-nation approach based on the principle of "collective potential and shared responsibility", a statement issued by the military's media wing said.
The development came during a meeting of a visiting delegation comprising members of Defence Committees of the Senate and National Assembly with Army chief Gen Qamar Javed Bajwa at General Headquarters, Rawalpindi on Monday.
According to the Inter-Services Public Relations (ISPR), the parliamentary members were given a detailed briefing on evolving security environment including situation on borders and Pakistan's Army efforts for peace and security.
The delegation, led by Senator Lt-Gen (Retd) Abdul Qayyum, also laid wreath at the Shuhada Monument.
The delegation laid wreath at GHQ's Shuhada Monument and was given a detailed briefing on evolving security environment including situation on the borders and Pakistan's Army efforts for peace and security. The delegation also had an interactive session with General Qamar Javed Bajwa, Chief of Army Staff (COAS).
The session concluded with a resolve to continue our struggle against the menace of violent extremism through a synergetic, whole-of-the-nation.

MQM-Pak MPA jumps ship to PSP2017/09/19

KARACHI: Another Muttahida Qaumi Movement (MQM) - Pakistan lawmaker, Nadeem Razi, jumped ship to Pak Sarzameen Party (PSP) led by former Karachi Mayor Mustafa Kamal on Monday.
"The series of defections to PSP continues," said Kamal while addressing a press conference in Karachi ...

Pakistan, regional countries get dividends from CPEC2017/09/19
ISLAMABAD: Interior Minister Professor Ahsan Iqbal has asserted that the Pakistan and the other countries in the region will get the dividends from the economic repercussions attached with China Pakistan Economic Corridor (CPEC) adding that it is a geographic and economic reality that will bring positive changes in favour of Pakistan as well as for the whole region.
Interior Minister Professor Ahsan Iqbal has chaired the security Joint Working Committee on Pak-China Economic Corridor here in Islamabad on Monday.  
The meeting was attended by the high officials from the Interior Ministry and security agencies.
In the meeting, Interior Minister said that the Projects of CPEC are turned out to be landmark in the history of Pakistan. Pakistan has assumed the centre stage for the whole world on account of the economic importance of CPEC.
Interior Minister noted that some foreign lobbyists are distressed at the economic progress in Pakistan.
Interior Minister has directed the security agencies to enhance their professional capacity to provide better security cover for CPEC Projects. He also stated that Chinese travelling to Pakistan are our guests and any attack on their lives is tantamount to challenge the writ of the state. While talking about the importance of maritime security the Interior Minister said that it is inevitable to safeguard the sea-trade routes associated with CPEC. In this connection, he directed coastguards to make proactive steps to ensure the security of all trade routes.
In the meeting, the decision to institute a taskforce was also taken that will share with all the provinces the online /real time information regarding Chinese travelling to Pakistan.
Meanwhile, Interior Minister Professor Ahsan Iqbal presided over a meeting at Higher Education Commission on the implementation of National Action Plan on Monday in Islamabad. Seventy vice chancellors of national universities participated in the meeting through live video conference.
In the meeting, the Interior Minister said that it is a matter of deep concern for us that   students of universities are found to be affiliated with the extremist organizations. On the role of social media and its impact on youth, he stressed that our youth are oriented towards social media. After the information revolution, the battle of ideologies is under way at social media. It is our duty to undertake collective efforts to prevent our youth from the accessibility of the material based on extremist ideologies. We have to ensure that our youth use social media only for educational and healthy activities, he added.
He laid emphasis that we have to formulate a national narrative to counter the extremists' agenda.  In this connection he stated that the youth must be imparted with the importance of peace enjoined by Islamic injunctions and vision of Pakistan.
The Interior Minister also said that Government is devising a curriculum for the "Friday Sermons" that are mainly based on educating our citizens about practical life in the light of Quran and Hadith. On the importance of participation in students' politics, the interior Minister said that the students must be given opportunities to express their thoughts. The faculty in the universities must play their due role in the construction of thought and ideology amongst the students.
The interior minister also asserted that the students in the universities must also be provisioned with the forum to hone their leadership qualities. In every university, career counselling mechanism must be formed to evaluate the potential of students for better avenues in future. The students must be enjoined to tolerate the difference of opinion of their peers and the society.
Talking on the upcoming International Peace Day on 21st September, the Minister emphasized to celebrate it with fervour in all universities of Pakistan. He said that the day must be marked in every university with the resolve to spread the message of peace among our youth and apprise them with the counter narrative against extremism.
Meanwhile, Prof Ahsan Iqbal Monday said Pakistan was committed to peace in the region and would not allow anybody to use its soil for terrorism.
Speaking to media persons here after attending a ceremony of Asia Peace Festival organised by Pakistan National Council of Arts (PNCA), he said, "Pakistan does not want that its land is used 
against any other country, or any other country uses its land against Pakistan." To a question, he said the government was working in coordination with the Afghan government to promote regional peace. In certain cases, he said condemned prisoners in jails were used to defame Pakistan.
The minister said Pakistan would lodge protest and use diplomatic sources, if others committed terrorism against it.
He said only a strong economy would ensure a strong defence for Pakistan. Development and improved standard of living was not possible without peace, stability and  harmony, Ahsan said adding the world had entered the information age and countries were competing for economic ascendancy.
"If there is a conflict, then the development process gets stalled in the country." He said Pakistan had defeated terrorism and now its economy, sports activities and tourism were being revived.
To a question, the minister said the bye-elections in NA-120 in Lahore was a victory for democracy.
People voted for the agenda of development and not for those who wanted to create chaos in the country, he stressed.
"In the past, the country was facing 20 hour long electricity shortages. Now electricity is available 20 hours a day."
He said people expressed confidence in the leadership of Muhammad Nawaz Sharif.
The minister said PML-N had reservations about the way elections were held in Lahore, adding he had sought report from the institutions about the kidnapping of PMLN workers by anti-democratic forces. He congratulated the Pakistan Council of the Arts and organisers of Asian Film Festival for arranging a film festival in which thousands of films were presented for screening by film makers of 30 countries.
The minister said Pakistan was on a path of recovery, contrary to 2013, when Newsweek declared Pakistan as one of the most dangerous counties, but now there was renewed optimism and energy.
"Pakistan is a peaceful and hospitable country," he told the audience comprising foreign delegates amid applause.
He said as a developing country, Pakistan needed to harness its human and natural resources.
Pakistan needed to make speedy progress by avoiding conflict and confrontation and by enhancing cooperation, he added.
He said the government would be giving a tax relief package to filmmakers to promote the local film industry.
He said Pakistan would now be a new destination for film makers. Actors and film makers were the agents of change, he remarked. He said the festival would bring people of Asia together and would lead to new platforms to expand regional connectivity and cooperation.
He said the future belonged to those who blended science with arts and focused on innovation and creativity.
Director General PNCA Jamal Shah highlighted the prominent features of the Film Festival. - NNI

Majeed Achakzai indicted in crushing cop to death case2017/09/19
Monitoring Desk

ISLAMABAD: A court on Monday indicted Balochistan MPA Majeed Khan Achakzai in the case of a police sergeant killed in a traffic accident in Quetta in June this year.
Sessions Judge Rashid Mehmood framed charges against the accused, to which Achakzai pleaded not guilty. The case was heard amid tight security.
The Balochistan MPA allegedly ran over traffic sergeant Haji Attaullah on June 21. The police initially lodged a first information report (FIR) against unknown accused. Achakzai was arrested after a video of the accident went viral on social media.
The judge on Monday also ordered the witnesses in the case to appear before court in next hearing. 
The accused was also produced before the same court in another murder case. However, witnesses in the case could not appear before the court today. Subsequently, both cases were adjourned until September 27.

RO formally announces unofficial NA-120 result2017/09/19

LAHORE: Returning Officer (RO) on Monday announced the unofficial results of NA-120 Lahore-III and declared PML-N's candidate Begum Kulsoom Nawaz winner with 61,745 votes.
According to results issued by Election Commission of Pakistan (ECP) in early hours of Monday, PTI candidate Dr Yasmeen Rashid grabbed 47099 votes to secure second position while independent candidate Shaikh Azhar Hussain Rizvi achieved third position with 7130 votes.
Pakistan People's Party (PPP) candidate Faisal Mir got 1414 votes while JI also had to face same circumstances secured only 592 votes in the constituency.
Candidate of Milli Muslim League (MML) Muhammad Yaqoob Shaikh got 5822 votes, while other 38 candidates could not achieve three figure vote.
Overall turnout was recorded 39.42 percent as only 126860 out of 321786 registered voters of the constituency used their right to franchise at 220 polling stations, while 1731 votes were rejected. - NNI

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