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PM Nawaz says Pakistan to become minorities-friendly country under his government

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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.




 

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Nawaz Sharif condemns disappearance  of PML-N’s social media supporters

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LAHORE: Deposed prime minister Nawaz Sharif in a tweet here yesterday (20th of October) condemned the disappearance of PML-N’s social media supporters.

He demanded that the interior ministry should ensure recovery of the missing activists.

“Respect for the freedom of speech, including on social media, is the constitutional responsibility of the government and quelling political views of opponents is condemnable”, Sharif held.

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Justice (R) Javed Iqbal reacts to Shahbaz Shareef’s NAB-Bashing comments!

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ISLAMABAD: Chairman National Accountability Bureau (NAB) Justice (R) Javed Iqbal has responded aggressively to PM Punjab Shahbaz Sharif’s comments concerning corruption in the Bureau, here on Friday (20th of October).

Stating that NAB has played an effective role in the abolition of corruption from the country, the Chairman remarked: “Zero tolerance policy will be implemented against corrupt officers and officials. No officer, including me, is above the law”.

Talking about the organization, he said that promotions would be on the basis of seniority, merit, and performance: “No one will be treated unjustly”.

Harboring on the subject he claimed that NAB was on a mission to eradicate corruption from the country.

It is pertinent to mention here that Shahbaz Shareef has termed NAB as the most corrupt institute of state.

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Taliban say kidnapped Canadian-American family was held in Paktia and not in Pakistan

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ISLAMABAD: One of the Taliban spokesmen Zabiullah Mujahid has negated the CIA Chief Mike Pompeo’s claim that recently rescued Canadian-American family was held in Pakistan for five years.

According to Zabiullah Mujahid the family that was in Paktia for five years was taken to Kunar province when they were rescued.

On the contrary Afghan Ministry of Defense spokesman while talking to Afghan TOLONews has insinuated that most of those kidnapped in Afghanistan were held in Pakistan.

It is pertinent to remind here that Pakistani forces, while acting on the actionable information shared by US intelligence agencies, have intercepted Taliban when the kidnapped family was being moved across to Pakistan via the border of Kurram Agency.

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