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President calls upon Ulema to play role in social reform, discouraging extremism

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ISLAMABAD: President Dr Arif Alvi has called upon the religious scholars to play their role in bringing positive social change and discouraging extremism, terrorism, and sectarianism in the country. Talking to a delegation of Ulema Mashaikh Yakjehti Council of Pakistan here in Islamabad on Wednesday, he said they also have a role in promoting the conservation of resources, national solidarity, religious tolerance, inter-faith harmony and peace. He said the challenges of terrorism and militancy in Pakistan required a comprehensive action plan coupled with concerted efforts on the part of the Ulema in the areas of counter-extremism and counter-terrorism. The President said it is the responsibility of religious scholars to disseminate the true teachings of Islam among the people, especiall...

Info Minister applauds Punjab Police for foiling terrorist attack on Makerwal police station

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ISLAMABAD: Minister for Information and Broadcasting Marriyum Aurangzeb has applauded Punjab Police for foiling terrorist attack on Makerwal police station in Mianwali on Tuesday night. In a statement on Wednesday, she said former Prime Minister Nawaz Sharif and Chief Minister Shehbaz Sharif had made the Punjab Police and CTD an effective force with modern weapons and training to eradicate terrorism. She said the nation is proud of its forces and salutes their spirit in the fight against terrorism.

Pak-US partnership critical for transformation to renewables: Envoy

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ISLAMABAD: Pakistan’s Ambassador to the United States Masood Khan has said the United States can help Pakistan in transformation to renewables, especially wind and solar power. He was addressing a webinar on “What Pakistan’s Climate Crisis Means for the World” organized by prestigious US think-tank Quincy Institute for Responsible Statecraft, says a press release received here on Wednesday from Washington DC. He said transformation to renewables was important for adaptation and embracing new technologies that would help the country build resilience to respond to the future disasters. He said USAID, State Department and Pakistan are coordinating to develop projects that would benefit people directly and would launch a new program for climate adaptation and risk mitigation. The Ambassador...

Entire nation, institutions united to eliminate menace of terrorism: PM

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ISLAMABAD: Prime Minister Shehbaz Sharif has said the entire nation and institutions are united to eliminate the menace of terrorism. In a statement on Wednesday, he was appreciative of Punjab police for thwarting terrorist attack on Makerwal police station in Mianwali. The Prime Minister announced to give awards and certificates of appreciation to the police officers and jawans who demonstrated extraordinary courage. He paid tributes to the officers and jawans of the Punjab Police who compelled the terrorists to flee. He said police is our front line force in the fight against terrorism. The whole nation is proud of the role and contribution of Punjab Police and CTD in the war against this menace. The Prime Minister assured that police and the CTD will be further strengthened and eq...

Cold and dry weather likely in most parts of country

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KARACHI: Met office informed on Wednesday that during the next 24 hours, cold and dry weather is expected in most parts while very cold in north Balochistan and upper parts of the country. Light rain/light snowfall over the hills is expected at isolated places in upper Khyber Pakhtunkhwa, Kashmir and Gilgit Baltistan. Fog is likely to occur over plain areas of Punjab. Past 24 Hour Weather Weather remained cold and dry in most parts of the country while very cold in upper parts and north Balochistan. Today's recorded lowest minimum temperatures (°C): Leh -12, Kalam -10, Astore - 07, Skardu, Parachinar - 06, Bagrote - 05, Malam Jabba, Gilgit - 04, Quetta Hunza, Mir Khani, Rawalakot and Kalat- 03.

PPP has emerged as single largest party in LB polls: CM

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Karachi: Sindh Chief Minister Syed Murad Ali Shah has said that Pakistan People’s Party (PPP) has emerged the single largest party in the local bodies’ elections, therefore, it has the right to have its mayor. “Had the MQM not boycotted the [local govt] elections, our opponents would not have taken such a number of seats and this they know very well,” he said while talking to the media just after presiding over the Convocation of NAPA at Hindu Gymkhana on Tuesday. To a question, the CM said that had there been some compulsions that’s why the Sindh government wanted to delay the election, otherwise PPP would have taken many more seats than it has taken. “We had requested MQM to avoid boycotting the election, but their party decided to do so, as a result their votes went in their (JI) sha...