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NDMA holds interactive session with humanitarian partners

Islamabad: National Disaster Management Authority (NDMA) held an interactive session with humanitarian partners here at National University of Science and Technology (NUST). Chairman NDMA, Lieutenant General Inam Haider Malik presided the meeting. Members of Pakistan Humanitarian Forum (PHF) and National Humanitarian Network (NHN) as well as representatives of international NGOs participated, says an official statement issued here on Thursday. The session aimed at strengthening coordination and collaboration across the disaster management cycle with focus on disaster risk reduction for combating the vulnerabilities of natural hazards. It also discussed the key identified areas pertaining to implementation of climate resilience and adaptation in Pakistan. Chairman NDMA shared the Remodel...

Pakistan calls upon Iran to ensure investigation into cross border terrorist attack in Panjgur

Islamabad: Pakistan has called upon the Iranian authorities to ensure a thorough investigation into the cross border terrorist attack that took place in Panjgur district of Balochistan and bring the perpetrators to task. At her weekly news briefing here in Islamabad on Thursday, Foreign Office Spokesperson Mumtaz Zahra Baloch said the terrorists used the Iranian soil to target a convoy of security forces patrolling along Pakistan-Iran border. She said we expect Iran to ensure its territory is not used for cross border attacks in Pakistan. The spokesperson said Pakistan condemns terrorism in all its forms and manifestations. She said we strongly commit that our territory will not be used for undertaking cross border attacks in Iran and we expect the same from Iran. The spokesperson said ...

UNSC urged to act ‘swiftly, resolutely’ to end Israel’s HR abuses in occupied Palestinian territory

Islamabad: At the United Nations, Pakistan has called on the Security Council to act “swiftly and resolutely” to bring a halt to Israel’s human rights (HR) violations in the occupied Palestinian territory and continuous provocations at the sacred Al-Aqsa Mosque compound. Speaking in a debate in the Security Council on the situation in the Middle East, Pakistan's Permanent Representative to the United Nations Munir Akram emphasized the need to ensure Israel's compliance with International law, and implementation of the UN resolutions on the Middle East conflict, according to a Radio Pakistan’s report. He said the two-state formula, envisaging establishment of an independent Palestinian state alongside Israel, offers the only solution to the Palestinian-Israeli conflict. Munir Akram sa...

Court orders framing rules to issue divorce certificate to non-Muslims

Lahore: Lahore High Court (LHC) on Wednesday directed the Punjab government to frame rules within 90 days for issuing divorce certificates to Christians and other non-Muslims in Pakistan. Justice Tariq Saleem issued the seven-page verdict on Shumaila Sharif's plea seeking issuance of an identity card in her father's name to a non-Muslim woman after divorce. The promulgation of rules is necessary under the Punjab Local Government Act, the ruling said, adding that Christians have been making complaints of non-issuance of certificates of union councils. The court was told that the Union Council does not issue divorce certificates to non-Muslims and Nadra is not changing her ID card without a divorce certificate from the union council. Directing the petitioner to approach Nadra again, th...

ECP urges citizens to get registered as voters before announcement of polls schedule

Islamabad: Election Commission of Pakistan (ECP) has advised citizens to get themselves enrolled or rectify errors in the provisional electoral rolls before the announcement of election schedule. In a statement, the Election Commission asked the public to register, transfer, delete or correct their vote in the electoral rolls prior to the issuance of schedule for by-elections for vacant seats of Punjab, Khyber Pakhtunkhwa and the National Assembly. It said the electoral rolls will be frozen immediately after the announcement of the election schedule. The Election Commission asked the citizens to ensure that their votes are registered at the permanent or existing address mentioned in the computerized national identity card. Citizens can confirm their voting details by sending their CNIC ...

Envoy calls for boosting tech sector linkages between Pakistan, US

Islamabad: Pakistan’s Ambassador to the United States Masood Khan has said Punjab-California Sister Province Agreement provides a model to establish domain-specific state-to-province, city-to-city economic linkages between Pakistan and the United States. He stated this while talking to Irvine Mayor Farrah N. Khan in Washington DC, says a press release received here on Thursday from US. The Ambassador said the tech-startups of Pakistan, manned by enterprising youth, and a vibrant tech sector of Irvine, California, could forge strong partnerships for not only meeting the economic needs of the two sides but also to strengthen people-to-people exchanges. He said Farrah N. Khan’s leadership qualities and successes make Pakistan and Pakistani diaspora in the United States proud. He said Pak-o...