CHAKWAL: Prime Minister Nawaz Sharif has claimed that the incumbent government was protecting the lives of minority groups and the day was not far when Pakistan will be recognised as a “minorities-friendly country”.
“Islam and all other religions preach peace and those preaching otherwise were not doing a service to the religion,” he said while speaking at the Katas Raj Temples Complex here on Wednesday.
“Followers of all religions have equal rights in Pakistan and they are working hand in hand to defend the country and contribute to its peace and prosperity,” the premier said, adding that he has advised government officials to spare no efforts in hosting pilgrims and in ensuring the protection and expansion of minorities’ places of worship.
PM Nawaz further said that he was the prime minister of all Pakistanis and “not just Muslim Pakistanis” and instructed Evacuee Trust Property Board (ETPB) Chairman Siddiqul Farooq to restore the holy sites in the area to their original state.
Referring to the development regarding education in the country, the premier said that his govt would ensure full support for the construction of the Baba Guru Nanak and Gandhara universities.
“With best educational reforms and improved building infrastructure, we want the children to get a conducive environment at their educational institutions,” he said.
“Pakistan of 2018 would be much improved in terms of education and health sectors as compared to previous years,” the prime minister added.
Absar Alam relinquishes charge as Pemra Chief after LHC decision!
ISLAMABAD: Following LHC decision today Absar Alam has relinquished charge as chairman PEMRA.
According to details, announcing the judgment over a petition filed by a citizen challenging appointment of Absar Alam as Pemra chairman LHC held that his appointment as was illegal.
Sources privy to Newspakistan.tv have informed that earlier LHC had dismissed Pemra counsel’s request apropos time to present records apropos legality of Absar Alam’s appointment.
Court has ordered that new PEMRA chairman be appointed within thirty days.
It is pertinent to mention here that former prime minister Nawaz Sharif had appointed Absar Alam back in 2015 as Pemra chairman.
COAS to brief Senate over security situation!
ISLAMABAD: COAS will be briefing *Senate’s Committee of the Whole apropos the emerging national security paradigm for Pakistan with respect to recent (foreign) visits/developments on Tuesday (19th of December) at 10am.
It is pertinent to mention here that the scheduled in-camera meeting that would be the first in the country’s parliamentary history was scheduled after senators expressed concern over the ToRs of the IMCTC and demanded that lawmakers should be apprised about details of the alliance.
According to details Director General Military Operations will also brief the committee.
* The entire Senate will be acting as a committee.
IS claims responsibility of suicide bomb attack/firing on Quetta church that killed ten, injured 57
M. M. ALAM
QUETTA: A tragedy of colossal nature was evaded today when police effectively stopped four suicide bombers outside Bethel Memorial Methodist Church harboring a congregation of some 400 here on Zarghoon Road.
According to details four suicide bombers attempted to enter the church but vigilant policemen prevented them from going inside as a result an encounter took place. One of the bombers was shot dead while another blew himself up.
Ten people (including three women) were killed and 57 injured (ten critically) as a result of firing and explosions. Police has declared the Church clear after neutralizing the bombers.
Two terrorists were reportedly seen bolting the scene of crime with police in hot pursuit. IS has claimed responsibility of the attack holding two plungers from the group had attacked the church.