Pakistan Observer

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3-day mourning observed in Singapore

Islamabad—To express solidarity with the victims of horrendous terrorist attack in Peshawar, a three-day mourning was observed at the High Commis-sion of Pakistan in Singapore. The national flag remained half-mast at the Chancery and the Em-bassy Residence. ... Saturday, December 20, 2014 Details

JICA helps electrify 6000 villages, set up 12 grid stations

Islamabad—Japan International Cooperation Agency (JICA) has been helping Pakistan in power generation projects for last three decades. The agency had funded electrification of over 6000 villages, establishment 12 new grid stations, and laying of 1487 km long transmission lines, besides upgradation of training facilities, JICA sources told APP. JICA has helped set up Bin Qasim Ka-rachi, Jamshoro, Hyderabad and Ghazi Barotha Hydropower projects. ... Saturday, December 20, 2014 Details

PRs to operate 4 special trains for winter vacations

Lahore—Pakistan Railways has decided to operate four special trains for winter vacations to facilitate passengers especially students. According to a notification on Friday, first special train will run between Karachi Cantt and Lahore on December 20 and second special train will be operated from Karachi Cantt for Lahore on December 24 at 8 pm. ... Saturday, December 20, 2014 Details

5 illegal gateway exchanges unearthed

Islamabad—Pakistan Telecommunication Au-thority (PTA) in its ongoing efforts to control grey trafficking unearthed five illegal gateway exchanges at Karachi, Hyderabad, Rawalpindi and Sialkot. ... Saturday, December 20, 2014 Details

Tahira Qazi deserves students’ protection award: Mahtab

Peshawar—The Khyber Pakhtunkhwa Governor, Sardar Mahtab Ahmad Khan has said that the Shaheed Principal of Army Public School, Madam Tahira Qazi deserve due National award in acknowledgement of her brave struggle to protect the students while head on confronting terrorists attack at the institu-tion on 16th December and he himself too will fully concede the proposal for making this possible. ... Saturday, December 20, 2014 Details

Swiss CG’s humanitarian gesture

SERVING humanity is the biggest virtue, and when shown by a foreign diplomat, it becomes a lesson for us. We call ourselves Muslims, followers of Islam, Holy Prophet (PBUH) and Kalam-e-Ilahi, Quran-e- Hameed, and yet we show rare respect for the downtrodden and have nots. We can only hang our heads in shame ... Saturday, December 20, 2014 Details

Major healthcare infrastructure uplift need of time: Mamnoon

Rawalpindi—President Mamnoon Hussain has underlined the need for taking effective measures for improving healthcare infrastructure in the country. He said that provision of universal basic health facilities play an important role in the overall development and progress of a country. ... Saturday, December 20, 2014 Details

I cried not because I’m Pakistani but because I am human: at the wake of 16/12/2014 terrorism

IT IS not easy being Pakistani; it is not easy seeing my fellow people losing their lives. It is not easy witnessing bloodshed in so much excess. It is certainly not easy. I woke up with the news of Peshawars siege, ever s1ince i could not do anything. Thinking of pain what the families of innocent children must be going through, i cannot help but cry. I cannot think of their pain, i cannot imagine, i cannot feel. Each pour of my sensitivity leave behind in front of this, i dare not to consider. What were the kids must be thinking while they were shot at—there will be ambitious in their eyes, dreams in their hearts? ... Thursday, December 18, 2014 Details

EFS-PEN to enroll 2000 kids in schools

Karachi—The Education Fund for Sindh – EFS (a company set up under section 42 of the Companies Ordinance, 1984) has signed an MoU with Progressive Education Network (PEN) to fund adoption of eight government schools with a target to enroll over 2,000 out of school children. ... Friday, December 19, 2014 Details

MPs Hajj quota to be restored soon

Islamabad—Ministry of religious affairs has started mulling over lifting ban on hajj quota of members of parliamentarians which is likely to be restored soon. Ministry of religious affairs sources told Online ministry has received recommendation from National Assembly (NA) standing on religious affairs and religious harmony that ban on Hajj quota in respect of parliamentarians be lifted. Sources said if the quota is restored then chief ministers of all the four provinces, governors, senators and members of NA will be entitled to send 5 persons each for performance of Hajj out of their quota. ... Friday, December 19, 2014 Details

Alert issued to foil attack on Navy installations

Karachi—The terrorist might once again targeted the Pakistan Navy installations in Karachi while using Sea route as they did in recent past. Therefore, an immediate warning had been issued to the authorities concerned by the intelligence sources. The alert thus issued said the terrorist might make attempt to penetrate the Pakistan Naval installations and following the alert, a meeting of the officials of the law enforces was held in the city and asked the Pakistan Navy, Pakistan Maritime Security Agency, Pakistan Coastguard, Pakistan Customs, Karachi Port Trust to beef up security measures. ... Friday, December 19, 2014 Details

FIA detects Rs 5m gas, oil, electricity theft

Islamabad—The Federal Investigation Agency (FIA) has accelerated the efforts to control the theft of gas, petrol and electricity and burglary of Rs.5 million. Talking to APP on Thursday an official of FIA said field teams have traced the theft of gas and electricity and registered 732 theft cases. He said 732 people were arrested for the theft of gas and electricity and action was taken under the law of land. To a question, he said all the FIA Zonal Directors (Punjab, Sindh, KPK and Balochistan) constituted the field teams to conduct raids on the gas and electricity theft. ... Friday, December 19, 2014 Details

Ahsan welcomes PTI decision to end sit-in

Islamabad—Minister for Planning, Development and Reforms Ahsan Iqbal on Thursday welcomed the decision of Pakistan Tahreek-e-Insaf (PTI) to end the sit-in saying the government would never retract the promise of negotiations. Talking to the media after addressing the launching ceremony of establishment of Peace and Development Unit (PDU) at his ministry, he condemned the Peshawar incident. The sad incident, he said, had shaken the nation. Pakistan was in a state of war and unity among all segments of society was vital to win this battle. ... Friday, December 19, 2014 Details

ANP lauds APM decisions

Peshawar—Awami National Party (ANP Central General Secretary Mian Iftikhar Hussain Thursday hailed the decisions taken at the all parliamentary parties meeting (APM) to eliminate terrorists from the country. Talking to journalists after attending a candle-lit event held here at Press Club in memory of the children killed in school tragedy, the ANP leader appreciated Prime Minister Muhammad Nawaz Sharif for gathering the national leadership on a short notice to discuss the ways to combate terrorism. ... Friday, December 19, 2014 Details

‘Nurturing LG system key to power devolution’

Islamabad—In the light of the 18th Amendment, more responsibility rests with the provinces to enhance their resources and potential to serve people at the doorstep but this can only take place once the third tier of government i.e. the Local Body System of government is in place. ... Friday, December 19, 2014 Details