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Tasks undone

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The task forces and reform committees, formed soon after the new Pakistan Tehreek-e-Insaf-led (PTI) government assumed power, have not really taken off. Over six months have passed but a majority of them have hardly convened their scheduled meetings. Some of the committees became defunct after their conveners either quit or remained busy in their own […]


Govt prioritising provision of fundamental rights: Punjab minister

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LAHORE: Punjab Revenue Minister Col (r) Malik Anwer has said the provincial government is attaching high value to providing the people with their fundamental rights like education, health, food, clothing and shelter. The government is focusing its attention to bring the living standard of the rural population on a par with the living standard of […]


KP makes RTI as first pillar of good governance strategy

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PESHAWAR: The Khyber Pakhtunkhwa government has pronounced people’s right to access information, data and record of the public functionaries as first pillar of its good governance strategy it launched here on Thursday. The provincial government affirmed that right to information (RTI) remains the most effective tool to ensure transparency that leads to accountability, which serves […]


People of Pakistan, India driven by hysterical media: Javed Jabbar

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Former Senator Javed Jabbar gave a talk on ‘Indi-Pakistan Relations – Future Known and Unknown’ at CMC. Jabbar observed that the Pakistan-India relationship is the most complex bilateral relationship. There are no two other nations in the entire world with this kind of multilayered complexities as found between India and Pakistan. The people, he said, […]


Court reserves order on plea seeking details of govt ads

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KARACHI: An accountability court on Wednesday reserved its order on an application seeking direction for the National Accou­ntability Bureau to submit three-year details of the government advertisements allegedly illegally awarded from 2013 onwards. Accountability court-I Judge Rashida Asad rese­rved her verdict to be pronounced on March 20 on an application moved by an accused, Mansoor […]


Senate committee rejects PTV MD’s testimony

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ISLAMABAD:The Managing Director of Pakistan Television, Arshad Khan Mutmain, has failed to convince the senate’s standing committee for human rights. The committee has constituted a selection board on the matter of the PTV MD and has directed for appointments to be made on a permanent basis within two weeks. The federal minister for information, Fawad […]


IHC nudges govt over online blasphemy

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ISLAMABAD: The Islamabad High Court (IHC) on Monday directed the government to ensure full implementation of former judge Shaukat Aziz Siddiqui’s order to curb blasphemous content on social media and asked it to hold talks with Facebook to ensure that the site is free from such nuisance. In an order issued some two years back, Justice […]


Punjab Information and Culture Ministry struggles to streamline commercial theatre

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LAHORE: The Punjab Information and Culture Ministry has put a lot of effort into trying to streamline the commercial theatre industry. However, it has met with much difficulty due to the prevalence of vulgarity, inappropriate scripts and expensive tickets. These issues are seen in commercial theatres throughout Punjab, particularly in bigger cities. Government instructions are being […]


Governor urges people to acquire IT skills

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QUETTA: Balochistan Governor Justice (retd) Amanullah Khan Yasinzai has stressed the need for the promotion of science and technology in the province and urged the people to acquire expertise in the field of information technology to meet the challenges of modern world. Addressing a meeting at the Balochistan University of Information Technology, Engineering and Management Sciences […]


Freedom of expression, speech fundamental human rights: Zarrar

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LAHORE: Zarrar Said, the author of latest international fictional thrill ‘Pureland’ and a master story–teller, emphasises that freedom of expression and speech are fundamental human rights and must be protected. No one can be hated because of his or her religion, sect and race, he viewed. He expressed these views while talking to The News […]


Pakistan should be proud to have very good RTI law in Khyber Pakhtunkhwa and the Punjab

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Pakistan should be proud to have very good RTI laws in KP and Punjab provinces and there is need to raise awareness among people on how to use it effectively.  This stated Marcel Haessler, Team Leader, Deutsche Gesellschaft für Internationale Zusammenarbeit (GIZ) at the multi stakeholders consultation target 16.10.2 of Sustainable Development Goals (SGDs) dealing […]


Permission sought to take over Sukkur Press Club, ATC buildings ahead of demolition

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SUKKUR: The Sukkur municipal commissioner has sought permission from the competent authorities for the takeover and eventual demolition of the Sukkur Press Club and Anti-Terrorism Court (ATC) buildings, built on amenity plots, in pursuance of the relevant orders of the Sindh High Court. The Sukkur Municipal Corporation vide its letter No. SMC/AEB/16 dated Feb 21, […]


Shun the TV, stop a war

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I HAVE been studiously following the mantra given by George Perkovich, and, accordingly, haven’t watched Indian TV news for a couple of years or more. I would advise my Pakistani friends to do the same with their TV. Switch it off. The celebrated defence analyst, author of a seminal work on India’s nuclear policy, was […]


IHC issues notice to PTA for blocking political party’s website

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ISLAMABAD: The Islamabad High Court has issued a notice to the Pakistan Telecommunication Authority (PTA) in response to a petition filed by the left-wing Awami Workers Party (AWP) against the blocking of its official website. Chief Justice Athar Minallah admitted the petition for regular hearing following issuing arguments on its maintainability. The PTA has been […]