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Next general elections would be held according to 2017 census: Musadik Malik

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ISLAMABAD: Musadik Malik said that the Council of Common Interest (CCI) had evolved consent that next general elections would be held using the data gathered in census 2017 here on Monday.

Musadik who is Special Assistant to the PM has stated: “It is a big step and achievement to pave the way for a strong democracy in the country.”

While addressing a Presser here at the PM Office, Musadik Malik said that CCI had built a consent among the political leadership that upcoming elections would be held as per census 2017, adding that one percent data of the census 2017 would be assessed by a third party to judge the legitimacy of the data.

Talking to media, he said the entire process would be steered under the control of census board, which would set up a team (third party) to examine the data within four months.

One block would be selected from each province, where census and the data would be evaluated comparing the current data.

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CPEC: Tribal belt people learning Chinese!

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Belt and Road Initiative vital for development

ISLAMABAD: The effects of China-Pakistan Economic Corridor (CPEC) can be seen in each and every corner of the country, including the tribal belt, where many local people have been learning Chinese at a language center.
The people of Jamrud have started taking classes of Chinese to enjoy the benefits of CPEC at the first Chinese language center of Khyber Agency, now called Khyber district, situated in Jamrud Bazaar area.
While talking to a private news channel, one of the students said the Chinese language is difficult to learn but they were determined to complete the course.
They want to be a part of CPEC projects as they believe the corridor would bring about an economic revolution in the region by providing job opportunities and introducing the latest technology.

 

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NACTA: PM constitutes committee for reviewing functioning!

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ISLAMABAD: Prime Minister Imran Khan while appreciating LEAs contributions towards containing law and order situation in the country acknowledged amelioration in the situation.

He was presiding the first-ever meeting of National Counter Terrorism Authority (NACTA)’s BoG here today. Observing that Pakistan had come a long way in its fight against terrorism and extremism Prime Minister said new ground realities call for revisiting the role of NACTA to make this body truly a proactive and sophisticated organization with a well-defined mandate.

The meeting, therefore, decided to constitute a committee for reviewing the role and functioning of the organization, which will submit its recommendations to the Prime Minister in a weeks’ time.

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Countrywide uniform higher education system!

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ISLAMABAD: The Council of Common Interests (CCI), which met here Monday with Prime Minister Imran Khan in the chair, directed the Higher Education Commission (HEC) to finalize its recommendations within a month for a countrywide uniform higher education system in coordination with federal and provincial governments.
The HEC was further directed to formulate a strategy for the uplift of educational institutions as well as better coordination between the Center and provinces.
The CCI directed the Planning Commission to review the projects of power distribution and transmission network in Balochistan, besides calling for the launch of work on the projects of crucial nature.
It referred the request of Sindh province seeking additional water supply for Karachi to the National Water Council, which would present its recommendations to the CCI keeping in view the situation of existing water reservoirs, water sharing formula among provinces and the ground realities. Besides, the National Water Council would also suggest measures to stop wastage of water and ensure its judicious use.
Deliberating over the less availability of water in Pat Feeder and Kirthar canals, the CCI asked the chief ministers of Sindh and Balochistan to sort out the matter mutually.
The Center and the provinces agreed over the true implementation of AGN Qazi formula for the distribution of net hydel profits.
The CCI constituted a committee under the Minister for Inter-provincial Coordination to formulate recommendations on devolution of Employees Old Age Benefits Institution (EOBI) and the Workers Welfare Fund (WWF) to the provinces.
The Council decided to refer the Sindh government’s proposed amendments in Petroleum Policy 2012 to the Economic Coordination Committee of the Cabinet (ECC), which would formulate recommendations considering the proposed amendments.
The CCI reached a consensus to hand over to Pakistan Standards and Quality Control Authority the responsibility of uniform standards and the provision of one-window facility to the relevant companies.
In that regard, a committee comprising representatives from all the provinces, Azad Kashmir and Gilgit-Baltistan was also constituted to look into the legal and constitutional aspects.
The Council also formed a task force to propose measures for effective implementation of regulatory authorities and the establishment of government’s writ in the provinces.
It decided to launch a nationwide “Pakistan Cleanliness Movement” that would be inaugurated by Prime Minister Imran Khan on October 7. The provinces also assured their full participation in the campaign.
The prime minister, in his remarks on the occasion, stressed on the need for improvement of educational standard in Balochistan and directed the HEC to take measures in coordination with the provincial government.
He told the meeting that the services of Shaukat Khanam Hospital would be extended to Balochistan for the provision of healthcare facilities, particularly, the diagnosis of cancer.
The prime minister directed to establish a comprehensive and transparent mechanism for water distribution among the provinces and the provision of timely updates to the provinces. He viewed that as the non-provision of correct information caused misunderstandings, immediate measures must be taken in that regard.
He assured all-out cooperation of the Federal Government to the provinces in all matters. He said the Federal Government was committed to make the CCI an effective platform and to play a positive role in the resolution of issues among the provinces and strengthen the federation.

 

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