Daily Archives: June 11, 2017

GOVT SERVING PUBLIC WITH SINCERITY UNDER LEADERSHIP OF PM: SHAHBAZ

Punjab Chief Minister Shahbaz Sharif has said the PML (N) government is serving public with sincerity under the leadership of Prime Minister Nawaz Sharif.

Talking to elected public representatives in Lahore on Sunday, he said that today, there is sincere politics hard work, honesty and transparency on one side, as compared to the negative politics of allegations on the other side.

The Chief Minister said that some political defeated elements did open enmity with Pakistan, through their sit-ins and lock-downs, however mature public foiled their every conspiracy.

Source: Radio Pakistan

RECORD FUNDS EARMARKED FOR SOUTH PUNJAB’S UPLIFT PROJECTS: SHAHBAZ

Punjab Chief Minister Shahbaz Sharif says mega development projects have been launched in southern Punjab.

Talking to parliamentarians belonging to southern Punjab, he said he is personally monitoring the progress of these projects.

The Chief Minister said the provincial government has earmarked record funds for new projects in next financial year budget for southern Punjab.

He said all available resources will be utilized to ensure the people of southern Punjab, get their due right.

Source: Radio Pakistan

COUNTRY PUT ON PATH OF ECONOMIC, POLITICAL STABILITY: AHSAN

Minister for Planning Ahsan Iqbal says the PML-N government has put the country on path to economic and political stability after pulling it out of energy crisis.

This he said while talking to the newsmen in Narowal on Sunday.

The Minister said the national economy is in take-off position due to effective economic and industry-friendly policies by the government.

He said Pakistan’s full membership of Shanghai Cooperation Organization is a great success, which prove effectiveness and positivity of our foreign policy.

Source: Radio Pakistan

Afghan Terror Chief Haqqani Denies Role in Bloody Kabul Attacks

ISLAMABAD � The head of the dreaded Haqqani network who also is second-in-command of the Afghan Taliban has denied insurgents’ involvement in recent bloody attacks in Kabul.

Fugitive Sirajuddin Haqqani made the remarks in a rare Pashto language audio message released late Sunday by the Taliban to VOA.

He specifically referred to the May 31 tanker truck bombing of the Afghan capital’s heavily guarded Wazir Akbar Khan diplomatic sector followed by a triple suicide attack on a funeral in Kabul and last week’s bombing of a mosque in the western city of Herat.

The three strikes killed at least 180 people and wounded hundreds of others. Almost all of the victims were civilians.

Whoever planned and organized them, this was certainly not the work of the Islamic Emirate [the Taliban], nor will it conduct such activities anywhere [in the country] that are harmful to innocent [Afghan] civilians, Haqqani asserted.

No one has yet claimed responsibility for the blasts in Kabul and Herat.

Most of the casualties were caused by the tanker truck, filled with an estimated 1,500 kilograms of explosives. Afghan President Ashraf Ghani told an international conference in Kabul last week that the massive explosions killed more than 150 people and wounded 350 others, including foreigners.

The attack was the deadliest in Afghanistan since 2001.

‘Foreign invaders’

The Afghan spy agency swiftly blamed the Haqqani network of plotting the massive blast, allegedly with direct assistance from neighboring Pakistan’s spy agency.

Haqqani in his audio message reiterated that the Taliban will not end its insurgency until all the U.S.-led “foreign invaders are expelled from Afghanistan.

He criticized the Afghan government for allegedly promoting Western traditions in the country, “contrary to Islamic traditions,” in the name of human rights.

The way you [Afghans] celebrate Afghanistan’s independence from Russians and the way you celebrate Afghanistan’s independence from British invaders, God willing, there will be a time when you will be proudly celebrating independence from Americans and their allies,” the fugitive commander asserted.

The U.S. Department of State designated Haqqani a global terrorist in 2008, before designating his network a foreign terrorist organization in 2012.

Washington also has offered a $10 million reward for the Afghan terror chief, dubbed Khalifa or the boss, who is believed to have masterminded some of the deadly attacks against local and foreign forces in Afghanistan.

Afghan and U.S. officials alleged Sirajuddin Haqqani orchestrates the violence out of his sanctuaries in volatile tribal areas of Pakistan and with the help of that country’s intelligence operatives.

Islamabad rejects the charges and says its military operations over the past three years have “uprooted all terrorist groups, including the Haqqani network” from the tribal belt near the border with Afghanistan.

Source: Voice of America

FIRST UNIT OF BHIKKI POWER PLANT TO RESUME POWER GENERATION TONIGHT

Punjab Chief Minister Muhammad Shahbaz Sharif says quality treatment facilities are right of every citizen and Punjab government is implementing a comprehensive programme for this purpose.

He stated this while chairing a meeting to review implementation of the projects being launched for provision of quality medical facilities to the people of the province in Lahore on Sunday.

During the meeting, he directed the authorities concerned to evolve an effective strategy for prevention of the viral disease.

Meanwhile, the Chief Minister visited Bhikki Power Plant near Sheikhupura on Sunday afternoon.

He was briefed about reasons for failure of gas turbines of the power plant.

Speaking on this occasion, the Chief Minister said first unit of the Plant will resume power generation of three hundred megawatt by tonight.

Source: Radio Pakistan

PLO’s Ashrawi: Adoption of UN resolution is a victory for Palestinian women

Ramallah (IINA) � Executive Committee Member of the Palestine Liberation Organization (PLO) Dr. Hanan Ashrawi on Saturday welcomed the UN Economic and Social Council’s (ECOSOC) adoption of a draft resolution entitled “Situation of and Assistance to Palestinian Women,” which was recommended by the Commission on the Status of Women (CSW) in its 61st session in New York on March 13-24.

In a statement carried on Saturday by Palestinian News Agency WAFA, Ashrawi extended gratitude to the ECOSOC members for overwhelmingly voting in favor of a draft resolution on Palestinian women last Wednesday.

The resolution affirms that the Israeli occupation remains the major obstacle for Palestinian women with regard to their advancement, self-reliance and integration in the development of their society, said the statement.

It also demands that Israel � the occupying Power � comply fully with international law and conventions to protect the rights of Palestinian women and their families, and it calls upon “Israel to facilitate the return of all refugees and displaced Palestinian women and children to their homes and properties, the statement added.

In addition, the resolution urges the international community to intensify its measures to improve the difficult conditions being faced by Palestinian women and their families living under Israeli occupation.

In the statement, Ashrawi called for the rejuvenation of the Palestinian political system to support equal participation in decision-making at all levels and to include more women in the local and national government.

“Women should not be deprived of their right to self-determination and dignity, and laws and legislation should be enacted and implemented that do justice to women,” she stressed.

The PLO official condemned the decisions of the United States and Australia to vote against the resolution, saying that “by voting against this resolution, the US and Australia are voting against Palestinian women.

“It is hypocritical that even though both countries claim to champion human rights and women’s rights for all, they fail to safeguard the fundamental human rights and freedoms of the Palestinian people,” Ashrawi said.

“Rather than encouraging Israeli impunity, the United States and Australia should hold Israel accountable for its persistent violations of international law and conventions, including the UN Convention on the Elimination of All Forms of Discrimination Against Women (CEDAW) and UN Security Council Resolution 1325 (2000) on Women, Peace and Security,” she added.

ECOSOC, one of the six main organs of the United Nations established by the UN Charter in 1946, is the principal body for coordination, policy review, policy dialogue and recommendations on economic, social and environmental issues, as well as for the implementation of the internationally agreed development goals.

Source: International Islamic News Agency