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PM Khan comes out to persuade coalition partners ISLAMABAD: Prime Minister Imran Khan has decided to hold important meetings with the leadership of Pakistan Muslim League Quaid, Balochistan Awami Party, Grand Democratic Alliance and Muttahida Qaumi Movement Pakistan, the coalition partners of the ruling political party, ARY News reported on Tuesday. Citing emerging differences between Pakistan Tehreek-e-Insaf and coalition partners, PM Khan has decided to hold one-on-one meetings with the PML-Q, BAP, GDA and MQM-P’s leaders in order to remove their reservations on different issues. PM Khan is scheduled to meet PML-Q chief Chaudhry Shujaat Hussain on Tuesday (today). Read More: Minister withdraws resignation after PTI-PML-Q ‘mending’ The premier and PML-Q chief will discuss the provision of federal ministry and chairmanship of a standing committee to the prime coalition partner of Pakistan Tehreek-e-Insaf in Punjab province. Sources confirmed that Imran Khan and Chaudhry Shujaat’s meeting was included in the premier’s schedule. PML-Q will raise matters relating to its ministers’ authorities in province and centre during Shujaat’s upcoming meeting with PM Khan, sources added. Read More: PM summons Usman Buzdar, Chaudhry Sarwar, Pervaiz Elahi after video leak PM Khan will meet leaders of Muttahida Qaumi Movement Pakistan (MQM-P), Balochistan Awami Party (BAP) and Grand Democratic Alliance (GDA) during its next phase of talks. It is pertinent to mention here that Punjab’s Mines and Mineral Minister and PML-Q leader Hafiz Ammar Yasir affiliated had tendered his resignation over differences with ruling PTI which he had withdrawn later on February 18. Yasir had alleged that some elements were creating hurdles in continuation of its ministerial tasks which led him to decide for leaving charge of the ministry. The post PM Khan comes out to persuade coalition partners appeared first on ARYNEWS. https://ift.tt/2XTV5nE

March 12, 2019
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Pakistan, Germany discuss bilateral relations, Afghan peace process ISLAMABAD: Foreign Minister Shah Mehmood Qurteshi on Tuesday reiterated that Pakistan desires for peace and stability in the region, ARY News reported. This he stated while talking to German Foreign Minister Heiko Maas and his accompanying delegation, who called on him at the Foreign office in Islamabad, today. Both the sides discussed matters pertaining to bilateral relations, regional situation and efforts for peace in Afghanistan. Qureshi apprised the visiting German delegation that Prime Minister Imran Khan released the captured Indian pilto Abhinandan as a goodwill gesture despite India’s belligerent posture. He briefed the German delegation about the regional situation and events taking place in the wake of Pulwama incident. The German FM urged both Pakistan and India to resolve their disputes through negotiations. Mr Maas appreciated Pakistan’s efforts for restoration of peace in Afghanistan.   Earlier the German Foreign Minister Heiko Maas was warmly welcomed by the high ranking officials of foreign office at the Nur Khan Airbase upon his arrival.   Yesterday, Mr Maas reached Afghanistan on an unannounced visit, to send a message confirming Germany’s commitment to conflict resolution and economic development in Afghanistan. Read more: Pakistan, Germany sign financing accord on polio eradication Germany is part of the NATO’s Resolute Support mission to train Afghan security forces and has around 1,300 soldiers stationed in Afghanistan, mostly in Balkh province. Back in the month of December 2018, German Ambassador to Pakistan Martin Kobler had said his country was looking to import manpower by 2020 and Pakistan could prove to be an important contributor in this regard. This he had said in a meeting with Special Assistant to Prime Minister (SAPM) on Overseas Pakistanis and Human Resource Development Zulfikar Abbas Bukhari in Islamabad to discuss investment opportunities in Pakistan. The post Pakistan, Germany discuss bilateral relations, Afghan peace process appeared first on ARYNEWS. https://ift.tt/2T2oSqg

March 12, 2019
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US seizes nearly 1.5 metric tons of cocaine in New York NEW YORK: US authorities on Monday announced the seizure of nearly 1.5 metric tons of cocaine with a street value of $77 million, the biggest drug haul in nearly 25 years at the port of New York/Newark. Sixty bundles of the white powder weighing 3,200 pounds were found in a container at the port on February 28, the Drug Enforcement Administration (DEA) said. No arrests have been made in the case, which remains under investigation. “Cocaine, New York’s nemesis of the 90s, is back,” DEA special agent in-charge Ray Donovan said. Donovan said the size of the seizure — the second largest in the port’s history and the largest there since May 1994 — reflected a push by traffickers to build a market for a mixture of cocaine with fentanyl. The United States, the world’s largest consumer of illegal drugs, is currently experiencing a deadly epidemic of opioid use. Deaths from drug overdoses in the United States hit an average of 197 a day in 2017, according to the US Centers for Disease Control and Prevention.   The post US seizes nearly 1.5 metric tons of cocaine in New York appeared first on ARYNEWS. https://ift.tt/2XOyJUm

March 12, 2019
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CM Punjab approves e-tender system for govt contracts LAHORE: The Punjab government has announced to introduce “e-tendering” system for government contracts in order to curb corruption. Punjab Chief Minister Usman Buzdar accorded the approval to bring e-tendering system in the province. He said the system will be launched soon in all government departments. Initially, the e-tendering system will be introduced in phases, the CM told, adding that  the system will be completely implemented from the new financial year. “All departments will be bound to pay the contract under the e-tendering system.” Read More: Punjab govt believes in corruption-free institutions: minister A day earlier, the Punjab government also announced to launch an online portal system for the transfers of teachers. Punjab Education Minister Murad Raas said the government will introduce an e-transfer policy for teachers to make the postings and transfers process fair, merit-based and transparent. Explaining about the e-transfer policy of teachers working in schools across Punjab, the minister said the initiative will end the mafia which used to exploit teachers and demand bribes to process matters related to postings and transfers.   The post CM Punjab approves e-tender system for govt contracts appeared first on ARYNEWS. https://ift.tt/2SV3IKV

March 12, 2019
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Court hears NAB reference against former PM Shaukat Aziz, Liaquat Jatoi, others ISLAMABAD: An accountability court in Islamabad on Tuesday heard a reference against former prime minister Shaukat Aziz, former federal minister Liaquat Jatoi and others pertaining to misuse of authority, ARY News reported. Former prime minister Shaukat Aziz and two other accused failed to appear before the court during the hearing. The accountability judge resented the absence of the accused and delay in the indictment. No reply submitted in the court about former PM Aziz’s production before the court in the case hearing. Three co-accused Liaquat Jatoi, Yousuf Memon and Ghulam Nabi Mangario filed petitions for their acquittal in the case. The National Accountability Bureau in its reply opposed the acquittal petition and said the accountability watchdog have substantial evidence against the accused which will be produced before the court on begining of the trial. The NAB prosecutor requested for one week to submit evidence and reply about production of the absent accused. The accountability judge ordered the NAB to ensure presence of all accused in the court on the next hearing of the reference and adjourned the hearing till March 22. The NAB in a previous hearing apprised the court that in compliance with the court orders, non-bailable arrest warrants for former prime minister Shaukat Aziz, have been sent to the concerned embassy. It is pertinent to mention here that Shaukat Aziz had not been appearing before the court since long in the corruption reference. The case against Aziz NAB had filed a reference against Shaukat Aziz, who served as Pakistan’s prime minister from 2004 to 2007 – over misuse of authority during his tenure as prime minister. NAB contends that he had illegally appointed Mr Basharat Hasan Bashir as a consultant for the Alternative Energy Development Board (AEDB) on Management Position-II (MP-II) pay scale. The accountability watchdog maintains that the appointment of Bashir violated MP scale policy guidelines and the board’s regulations. Basharat Hasan Bashir was appointed on January 1st, 2006 without open competition, NAB says. After expiry of his consultancy contract in May 2008, Basharat Hasan Bashir illegally held the said post for almost five years without any extension, notification or regular appointment and kept on enjoying salary and all perks and privileges illegally in connivance with the management of AEDB. Besides Shaukat Aziz, former Federal Minister for Water and Power and a leader of the Pakistan Tehreek-e-Insaaf Liaqat Jatoi, ex-Secretary W&P Ismail Qureshi, ex-Addl. Secretary Yousaf Memon, Ghulam Nabi Mangrio, Umar Farooq, ex-Chairman- Alternative Energy Development Board (AEDB) Air Mar (R) Shahid Hamid, ex-Secretary AEDB Brig Dr Nasim A Khan and ex-DG (PP) AEDB Dr. Basharat Hasan Bashir were other respondents in the reference. The post Court hears NAB reference against former PM Shaukat Aziz, Liaquat Jatoi, others appeared first on ARYNEWS. https://ift.tt/2XR5IYk

March 12, 2019
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Pakistan urges gender perspective in counter terrorism strategy NEW YORK: Pakistan’s permanent representative to the United Nations (UN) Maleeha Lodhi apprised the annual session of the UN Commission on the Status of Women, about the steps being taken by Pakistan to inject a gender perspective in its counter terrorism strategy. The Pakistani diplomat told delegates from around the world at a well-attended side-event that the Pakistani people and their security forces have braved the challenge of terrorism with “exemplary courage” to turn back the terrorist tide. “Over the past several decades, Pakistan has seen the spread of terrorism in our region as a consequence of endless conflicts and turmoil, driven primarily by foreign interventions and the existence of unresolved disputes in our neighborhood.” Noting that women and girls, whether as victims or perpetrators, were disproportionately affected by responses that failed to incorporate a strong gender perspective, Ambassador Lodhi said Pakistan’s rehabilitation approaches focus on training programmes for women to create economic opportunities in the post-incarceration phase in partnership with civil society. “We view credible community actors, including media and religious leaders, as vital partners,” she said. Religious leaders, mobilized by the government, had been encouraged to issue ‘Fatwas’ which unequivocally condemn terrorism and promote the concept of a plural society with equal rights for women and girls. Pakistani police women were being encouraged to assume leadership roles in an effort to promote trust and engagement between female affectees or victims and local law enforcement personnel, Ambassador Lodhi said. At a broader level, efforts were underway to create conditions that support greater female participation in the country’s security forces. Turning to the broader goal of empowering women, the Pakistani envoy said her government had set up with support from NGOs de-radicalization and rehabilitation centers which employ various tools to reintegrate young boys and girls back into societies as well as support the families of former militants . One such center, she said, was Sabaoon, a female-led organization, which could serve as a useful model for others. Technical and vocational training centers, being managed with support from NGOs, were taking steps to strengthen the resilience of communities and create an environment that discouraged any resurgence of violent extremism.   The post Pakistan urges gender perspective in counter terrorism strategy appeared first on ARYNEWS. https://ift.tt/2CuFi6o

March 12, 2019
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