Daily Archives: August 11, 2017

PM asks housing ministry to submit plan for low cost housing

Prime Minister Shahid Khaqan

Abbasi Thursday directed the Ministry of Housing to submit a

comprehensive plan to provide quality low cost housing to the government servants at the earliest.

Chairing a meeting here at the Prime Minister Office, he

directed to meet the housing needs of federal government employees and come up with a plan in the next meeting.

Minister for Housing and Works Akram Khan Durrani and

senior officials of the ministry briefed the prime minister on

performance of the ministry during the last four years and

various projects being executed, including PHA Foundation, for the federal government employees and lower income groups.

The prime minister was also briefed on the prime minister’s low cost Apna Ghar Housing Scheme for lower and medium income groups across the country.

It was informed that Inter Ministerial Committee has completed its recommendations for the scheme.

The prime minister directed to expedite the process and submit the recommendations of the Inter Ministerial Committee to proceed further in the matter.

He was also briefed on Federal Government Employees Housing Foundation membership drive to provide residential plots to government servants in different categories at subsidized rates.

He directed to ensure that merit was adhered to while allocation of residential plots and maximum affordable rates should be offered to government servants in this regard.

The housing ministry need to be innovative and apply

modern standards with changing times without compromising quality and affordability while acquiring and developing land, designing and construction, the prime minister said.

Source: Ministry of Information, Broadcasting and National Heritage.

PM asks housing ministry to submit plan for low cost housing

Prime Minister Shahid Khaqan

Abbasi Thursday directed the Ministry of Housing to submit a

comprehensive plan to provide quality low cost housing to the government servants at the earliest.

Chairing a meeting here at the Prime Minister Office, he

directed to meet the housing needs of federal government employees and come up with a plan in the next meeting.

Minister for Housing and Works Akram Khan Durrani and

senior officials of the ministry briefed the prime minister on

performance of the ministry during the last four years and

various projects being executed, including PHA Foundation, for the federal government employees and lower income groups.

The prime minister was also briefed on the prime minister’s low cost Apna Ghar Housing Scheme for lower and medium income groups across the country.

It was informed that Inter Ministerial Committee has completed its recommendations for the scheme.

The prime minister directed to expedite the process and submit the recommendations of the Inter Ministerial Committee to proceed further in the matter.

He was also briefed on Federal Government Employees Housing Foundation membership drive to provide residential plots to government servants in different categories at subsidized rates.

He directed to ensure that merit was adhered to while allocation of residential plots and maximum affordable rates should be offered to government servants in this regard.

The housing ministry need to be innovative and apply

modern standards with changing times without compromising quality and affordability while acquiring and developing land, designing and construction, the prime minister said.

Source: Ministry of Information, Broadcasting and National Heritage.

Deposed Pakistani Leader’s Wife To Run For His Seat In Parliament

The wife of Pakistan’s deposed prime minister Nawaz Sharif will run for the parliamentary seat he was forced to vacate after the Supreme Court disqualified him from holding office last month, party officials said.

Nomination papers for his wife, Begum Kulsoom Nawaz, were submitted in Lahore on August 11, officials from Sharif’s Pakistan Muslim League-Nawaz party said. The election is due to take place in 45 days.

The announcement comes as Nawaz Sharif leads a “homecoming” caravan to Lahore that has drawn thousands of supporters. Sharif in rallies held along the caravan route has described his removal last month by the top court over unreported income as “an insult to the mandate of 200 million voters.”

The decision to put forward Sharif’s wife is in keeping with Pakistan’s tradition of dynastic politics and also indicates the deposed prime minister will remain involved behind the scenes.

Sharif’s ruling party last week elected one of his loyalists, Shahid Khaqan Abbasi, as prime minister.

Party leaders at first suggested that Abbasi would soon be replaced by Sharif’s younger brother, Shahbaz, who is currently chief minister of Punjab, but now say they expect Abbasi to stay in office until elections next year.

Some party officials suggested Sharif’s wife Kulsoom could become prime minister once elected to parliament. But Sharif aides sought to quell that speculation.

Kulsoom, who has been married to Sharif for 46 years, has previously stayed largely out of politics and has never run for office. She will be running in Sharif’s political stronghold in Lahore’s Walled City, where her husband never lost an election.

Kulsoom has always stood by her husband throughout a political career that has seen him elected and then ousted as prime minister three times.

When Pervez Musharraf arrested her husband in a coup in October 1999, the former first lady led protests until he was freed. Afterwards, the family lived for years in exile in Saudi Arabia.

Meanwhile, AFP reported that Sharif’s motorcade hit and killed a teenaged boy as his caravan proceeded along the Grand Trunk Road towards Lahore on August 11.

Railways minister Khawaja Saad Rafique called the teenager “the first martyr of this movement for democracy” in an address to a crowd of thousands in Gujrat.

One of the vehicles in the motorcade hit and killed the boy as he crossed a divider on the road, the minister said.

Copyright (c) 2015. RFE/RL, Inc. Reprinted with the permission of Radio Free Europe/Radio Liberty, 1201 Connecticut Ave NW, Ste 400, Washington DC 20036.

Three Dead In Powerful Blast In Pakistan

At least three people have been killed in a powerful bomb blast that ripped through a small town in Pakistan’s Bajaur tribal region on the border with Afghanistan, authorities say.

At least 25 people were also injured in the August 11 explosion in the Char Mang district of Bajaur, said Aslam Khan, a government official in the area.

The region’s administration said in a statement that the explosion was caused by a roadside bomb. There was no immediate claim of responsibility, but initial reports said it was remotely detonated.

Bajaur is one of the seven tribal agencies that makes up Pakistan’s Federally Administered Tribal Areas (FATA) along its volatile border with Afghanistan.

The region has long been a stronghold for Taliban militants and other extremist groups.

In a separate incident, gunmen riding a motorcycle opened fire on a vehicle carrying a senior police officer in Pakistan’s largest city, Karachi, killing him and his guard before fleeing. There was no immediate claim of responsibility.

Karachi, located on the Arabian Sea, is considered a hiding place for Pakistani Taliban and foreign militants.

Copyright (c) 2015. RFE/RL, Inc. Reprinted with the permission of Radio Free Europe/Radio Liberty, 1201 Connecticut Ave NW, Ste 400, Washington DC 20036.

PM asks housing ministry to submit plan for low cost housing

Prime Minister Shahid Khaqan

Abbasi Thursday directed the Ministry of Housing to submit a

comprehensive plan to provide quality low cost housing to the government servants at the earliest.

Chairing a meeting here at the Prime Minister Office, he

directed to meet the housing needs of federal government employees and come up with a plan in the next meeting.

Minister for Housing and Works Akram Khan Durrani and

senior officials of the ministry briefed the prime minister on

performance of the ministry during the last four years and

various projects being executed, including PHA Foundation, for the federal government employees and lower income groups.

The prime minister was also briefed on the prime minister’s low cost Apna Ghar Housing Scheme for lower and medium income groups across the country.

It was informed that Inter Ministerial Committee has completed its recommendations for the scheme.

The prime minister directed to expedite the process and submit the recommendations of the Inter Ministerial Committee to proceed further in the matter.

He was also briefed on Federal Government Employees Housing Foundation membership drive to provide residential plots to government servants in different categories at subsidized rates.

He directed to ensure that merit was adhered to while allocation of residential plots and maximum affordable rates should be offered to government servants in this regard.

The housing ministry need to be innovative and apply

modern standards with changing times without compromising quality and affordability while acquiring and developing land, designing and construction, the prime minister said.

Source: Ministry of Information, Broadcasting and National Heritage.

Three Dead In Powerful Blast In Pakistan

At least three people have been killed in a powerful bomb blast that ripped through a small town in Pakistan’s Bajaur tribal region on the border with Afghanistan, authorities say.

At least 25 people were also injured in the August 11 explosion in the Char Mang district of Bajaur, said Aslam Khan, a government official in the area.

The region’s administration said in a statement that the explosion was caused by a roadside bomb. There was no immediate claim of responsibility, but initial reports said it was remotely detonated.

Bajaur is one of the seven tribal agencies that makes up Pakistan’s Federally Administered Tribal Areas (FATA) along its volatile border with Afghanistan.

The region has long been a stronghold for Taliban militants and other extremist groups.

In a separate incident, gunmen riding a motorcycle opened fire on a vehicle carrying a senior police officer in Pakistan’s largest city, Karachi, killing him and his guard before fleeing. There was no immediate claim of responsibility.

Karachi, located on the Arabian Sea, is considered a hiding place for Pakistani Taliban and foreign militants.

Copyright (c) 2015. RFE/RL, Inc. Reprinted with the permission of Radio Free Europe/Radio Liberty, 1201 Connecticut Ave NW, Ste 400, Washington DC 20036.