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  1. RIYADH: Saudi Arabia's cabinet on Tuesday approved the national policy of its atomic energy programme, state media said, as the kingdom prepares to award contracts for its first nuclear power plants. The policy insists on limiting nuclear activities to peaceful purposes and calls for enhanced safety measures as well as the use of best practises for radioactive waste management, the Saudi Press Agency reported. Saudi Arabia, the world's top oil exporter, is seeking nuclear power to diversify its energy supply mix in order to free up oil to boost exports. The policy announcement comes ahead of Crown Prince Mohammed bin Salman's visit to the United States on March 19-22, which is likely to see efforts to reach a civilian nuclear cooperation accord with Washington. The kingdom has accelerated plans to build 16 nuclear reactors over the next two decades, officials and analysts say, at a cost of some $80 billion. Negotiations are underway with the United States for its agreement to export technology needed for their construction. Besides the US company Westinghouse, Russian, French, Chinese and South Korean firms have all been seeking the Saudi contracts. Some analysts have voiced concerns that Saudi Arabia seeks to use its atomic programme as a hedge against its arch-rival Iran, which signed a deal with the United States in 2015 to curb its own nuclear programme in exchange for sanctions relief. Saudi Arabia, which insists its intentions are peaceful, has signed cooperation agreements with over a dozen countries in recent years to boost nuclear cooperation, including France, China and Russia.
  2. Prime Minister Shahid Khaqan Abbasi will chair a federal cabinet meeting on March 13, 2018. Photo: Geo News file ISLAMABAD: Prime Minister Shahid Khaqan Abbasi will chair a federal cabinet meeting later today. The 10-point agenda that will come under discussion includes matters pertaining to national security and the overall economic situation. According to information obtained by Geo News, the Cabinet will discuss suggestions regarding the next budget, finance ministry, and planning budget. An ammendments draft of the Rules of Business 1973 will be presented before the members of the cabinet, informed sources. The meeting's agenda also includes the approval of an ammendment to the section 115 of the Code of Civil Procedures 1908. The Cabinet's Committee for Disposal of Legislative Cases will also be presented with suggestions, said sources.
  3. [embed_video1 url=http://stream.jeem.tv/vod/03c44e6ee2368df90474c2e897db161b.mp4/playlist.m3u8?wmsAuthSign=c2VydmVyX3RpbWU9My82LzIwMTggNjo0NDoyNCBQTSZoYXNoX3ZhbHVlPXliVkk1ekY2bmEzYmxyWnh3TUFDUWc9PSZ2YWxpZG1pbnV0ZXM9NjAmaWQ9MQ== style=center] ISLAMABAD: The federal cabinet which met under the chairmanship of Prime Minister Shahid Khaqan Abbasi on Tuesday expressed satisfaction over the power situation and resolved to provide uninterrupted power to the consumers during the upcoming summer season and Ramzan. The meeting also appreciated the efforts of the incumbent as well as former Minister for Power for addressing sectoral issues relating to power. It was emphasised during the meeting to lay greater focus on addressing administrative and management issues regarding transmission, distribution and recovery of power dues. Secretary Power Division briefed the cabinet on projections of electricity demand and supply and the available generation capacity for catering to the power requirements during the summer season, particularly during Ramzan. It was informed that additional power would be added to the national grid from Tarbela-IV and Neelum-Jhelum Hydro-power projects during next months which would further augment the existing generation capacity. The meeting was also briefed about the current load-management plan. The prime minister stated that as a result of untiring efforts of the government power generation had significantly increased since 2013. He said that provision of uninterrupted power supply had remained the priority of the present government in order to meet domestic, commercial and industrial requirements. In order to discourage cigarette smoking, the cabinet approved banning of sale of loose cigarettes by amending the ?Prohibition of Sale of Cigarettes to Minors Rules, 2010. The federal cabinet accorded approval for signing of Memorandum of Understanding (MoU) between the Governments of Somalia and Government of Pakistan for rendering NADRA?s Services to Somalia. Approval was granted to initiate legislation on Geographical Indications Protection Bill, 2017. Geographical Indications (GIs) is a form of intellectual property rights which identifies a product originating from a specific area, whose quality or reputation is attributable to its place of origin. Possible GIs for Pakistan can include Basmati Rice, Ajrak and Pashmina shawls, Peshawari Chappal, Truck Art, Apricots, Handicrafts, Ornaments etc. The Cabinet approved the appointment of Presiding Officer, Special Court (Offences in Banks), Islamabad. Cabinet ratified the recommendations of the Cabinet Committee for Disposal of Legislative Cases (CCLC) in its meeting held on 22nd February, 2018 and Cabinet Committee on Privatization held on February 16, 2018. Deputy Chairman Planning Commission, Sartaj Aziz briefed the Cabinet in detail regarding measures to enhance cotton production and exports from Pakistan. Cabinet approved transfer of Pakistan Central Cotton Committee and Cotton related matters from Ministry of Textile Industry to Ministry of National Food Security & Research.
  4. ISLAMABAD: The federal cabinet on Wednesday allowed the Ministry of Religious Affairs to immediately carry out Hajj balloting for 50 per cent of the total quota of Hajj pilgrims for 2018. The cabinet took the decision after reviewing current state of legal proceedings and the need to communicate maximum number of Hajj pilgrims to Saudi authorities before March 3, for finalising flight schedules. The secretary of Ministry of Religious Affairs briefed the meeting, presided over by Prime Minister Shahid Khaqan Abbasi, on progress of arrangements regarding 2018 Hajj operation. The cabinet also directed the ministry to request Islamabad High Court for early finalisation of legal proceedings as the Supreme Court referred all the pending petitions to the IHC in the last hearing. The meeting considered an inquiry report on corruption pertaining to Kachhi Canal project. It decided to constitute a committee headed by the minister for water resources for suggesting implementation mechanism of the findings of the report. The signing of Memorandum of Understanding (MoU) between the Ministry of Inter-Provincial Coordination and American Institute of Pakistan Studies was also aprroved at Wednesday's meeting, with a proviso that performance report of the institute for last five years be presented before the cabinet. The meeting approved applicability of Islamabad Rent Restriction Ordinance, 2001 to Zone V of Islamabad and directed Interior Ministry to review the law. It also directed Interior Ministry to place the case before the next meeting of the cabinet for applicability of law in the remaining areas of Islamabad. A committee for this purpose was also constituted under Special Assistant to PM on Law Barrister Zafarullah Khan, with secretary interior, CDA chairman, Islamabad chief commissioner and other stakeholders. Rejecting a proposal for increase in the prices of CNICs of specified categories, the cabinet directed Ministry of Interior and NADRA chairman to review the proposal for the purpose of rationalisation of the cost of CNICs. Regarding the appointment of chairman of Evacuee Trust Property Board in compliance of the Supreme Court's orders, the meeting directed Ministry of Religious Affairs to expedite framing of relevant rules in the light of directions of the apex court. In the meantime, the cabinet approved a proposal for grant of an additional charge of the ETPB to Muhammad Ashraf Lanjaar, senior joint secretary of the ministry until a permanent appointment is made. The meeting also approved appointment of S.A. Manan as chairman of board of management of Pakistan State Oil Company Limited (PSOCL), besides giving a go-ahead for execution of various development schemes prepared by the cabinet committee.
  5. Greek Prime Minister Alexis Tsipras arrives for a cabinet meeting in Athens, Greece, June 2, 2016. REUTERS ATHENS: Greek Prime Minister Alexis Tsipras made limited changes to his cabinet on Wednesday after a minister bowed out in a housing allowance row, keeping his finance minister months before the country emerges from a bailout program in August. Tsipras switched some ministers around in an effort to improve government work and boost his party?s sagging popularity ratings, and also brought in a few new faces. He gave Deputy Prime Minister Yannis Dragassakis the Economy and Development portfolio after Greek American economist Dimitri Papadimitriou quit his post this week in response to public anger over his wife?s use of a housing allowance. Tsipras also replaced Migration Minister Yannis Mouzalas, who handled a massive influx of refugees fleeing Syria and Iraq in late 2015 and early 2016 with Dimitris Vitsas, who was alternate defense minister. Fotis Kouvelis, former leader of the small Democratic Left party, was appointed Alternate Defence Minister. Finance Minister Euclid Tsakalotos and Alternate Finance Minister George Chouliarakis were left unchanged. Greece is currently being vetted by its foreign creditors on reform compliance. Tsipras also kept Foreign Minister Nikos Kotzias, engaged in delicate talks with Skopje over a name dispute with its northern neighbor most countries call Macedonia but Greece calls FYROM. Aspiring to make Greece a key player in the wider region, the leftist-led government has started talks with neighboring countries aiming to settle long-standing disputes. Tsipras swept to power in 2015 beating the conservatives, on a promise to end austerity and crack down on corruption. But his agreement to a third international bailout with more austerity measures attached, after years of belt-tightening, have eroded support. Papadimitriou?s wife, Rania Antonopoulou, quit her role as a junior labor minister on Monday after drawing fire for claiming a 1,000 euro a month rent allowance. She was replaced by Athanasios Iliopoulos, who worked in the division of labor inspections.
  6. Sri Lanka's President Maithripala Sirisena addresses the nation during the Sri Lanka's 70th Independence day celebrations in Colombo, Sri Lanka February 4, 2018. REUTERS 1 COLOMBO: Sri Lanka?s president reshuffled his cabinet on Sunday, appointing his prime minister as the law and order minister, after the governing coalition suffered a series of defeats in local elections earlier this month. The governing coalition of the Sri Lanka Freedom Party (SLFP) and the United National Party (UNP) blamed the defeats at least partly on its lack of progress in several anti-corruption investigations. President Maithripala Sirisena, the leader of the SLFP, and Prime Minister Ranil Wickremesinghe, the head of UNP, won office by promising to investigate corruption under the previous government, led by Mahinda Rajapaksa. But critics charge the investigations slowed under Sagala Ratnayaka, the previous law and order minister, and he will be replaced by Wickremesinghe, who will also remain prime minister. Sirisena said more changes could be expected within the SLFP in the next two weeks. The corruption investigations have focused on family members of Rajapaksa, now a legislator on the opposition benches. They face allegations ranging from misappropriation of state properties to unexplainable assets. Two of Rajapaksa?s sons, Namal and Yoshitha, have been arrested and released on bail over money-laundering allegations. One of his brothers, Basil, who headed the economic development ministry, has also been arrested at least three times, twice over suspicion of misuse of anti-poverty funds and once over suspicion of laundering money. He is free on bail. All the Rajapaksas deny wrongdoing. The government has yet to fulfill the promises it campaigned on. Those include a new constitution aimed at devolving some powers to provincial governments dominated by ethnic minorities, facilitate an international probe into alleged war crimes in the final phase of Sri Lanka?s war against the Tamils, and fiscal discipline efforts sought by the International Monetary Fund. Nationwide elections are not due until 2020.
  7. Prime Minister Shahid Khaqan Abbasi chairs meeting of the federal cabinet at PM Office here in Islamabad. ? PPI ISLAMABAD: The federal cabinet on Tuesday directed that the process of filling up vacant positions of the heads of organisations in various ministries be expedited. The cabinet, which met here at the PM Office with Prime Minister Shahid Khaqan Abbasi in the chair, ratified the decisions of Cabinet Committee on China Pakistan Economic Corridor (CPEC) taken during its meeting held on January 23. It was further decided that cabinet would be briefed in detail on the CPEC. The meeting accorded approval for signing of an inter-governmental agreement between the Ministry of Energy (Petroleum Division) and Oman's Ministry of Oil and Gas for supply of liquefied natural gas (LNG) and petroleum products. It also gave approval for the signing of a similar agreement and a 'Letter of Intent on Cooperation' in the field of LNG, with the Government of the Italian Republic. Expressing satisfaction over surplus generation capacity in power sector, the federal cabinet reiterated that the government was committed to ensure uninterrupted power supply to consumers. The meeting approved, in principle, Anti-Terrorism (Freezing and Seizure) Rules, 2018. It also accorded approval to the notification of WAPDA Hydro-Electric Tariff for the FY 2017-18 determined by NEPRA and further directed that the process of tariff determination for AJK should be initiated. The cabinet directed for early operationalisation of new Islamabad International Airport, besides giving approval for the transit of 01x20 feet container STC containing eight packages of spare parts of Toyota vehicles of UNMA from Karachi to Kabul. Moreover, the members offered Fateha for the departed souls of renowned lawyer, human rights activist and Asma Jahangir and Sindh minister Mir Hazar Khan Bijarani.
  8. ISLAMABAD: Prime Minister Shahid Khaqan Abbasi is chairing on Tuesday a session of the cabinet and discussed matters of utmost importance including overall situation of law and order, sources said. According to sources, in the session today, the cabinet will give approval for projects in collaboration with several countries. The cabinet agenda also includes verification of the decisions of the Economic Coordination Committee. Sources said that the matter of Pak-Afghan border management will also come under discussion. On Saturday, a top-level delegation of Pakistan?s civil and military leadership, led by Foreign Secretary Tehmina Janjua, reached Afghanistan earlier today to attend the Pakistan-Afghanistan Joint Working Group meeting. Foreign Secretary Janjua addressing the Afghanistan-Pakistan Action Plan for Solidarity (APAPS) in Kabul said that Pakistan and Afghanistan instead of blame game should engage in concrete cooperation, On Feb 2, the National Security Committee (NSC) in a statement issued, said the allegations by the Afghan government, following a recent spate of terrorist attacks in Kabul, are based on "misconceptions created by certain foreign elements". The NSC expressed satisfaction on the progress made with regard to border controls with Afghanistan, the committee noted that the Afghan government should support the fencing of the Pakistan-Afghanistan border as being in the interest of both countries. A high-level Afghan delegation visited Pakistan in Janaury to discuss important issues of mutual interest. The delegation, comprising the Afghan interior minister and the chief of National Directorate of Security, met with Prime Minister Shahid Khan Abbasi.
  9. File Photo ISLAMABAD: The Federal Cabinet will meet today with Prime Minister Shahid Khaqan Abbasi in the chair. Among the issues likely to be discussed in today's session is the matter of appointing a new Inspector-General of Police (IGP) for Sindh, Geo News reported. The candidates whose names would reportedly be considered for the IG Sindh post include Sardar Abdul Majeed Dasti, Captain (retd) Arif Nawaz Khan and Mehr Khaliq Dad Lak. [embed_video1 url=http://stream.jeem.tv/vod/8bcf0bbd587ac18f180c9283c4ae6505.mp4/playlist.m3u8?wmsAuthSign=c2VydmVyX3RpbWU9MS8xMC8yMDE4IDU6MDE6NTQgQU0maGFzaF92YWx1ZT1acVY0MHRDVFBxOGx5bXB0U1Z1SEtnPT0mdmFsaWRtaW51dGVzPTYwJmlkPTE= style=center] Captain (retd) Arif Nawaz Khan and Mehr Khaliq Dad Lak were recently appointed as IG Punjab and Additional Director-General Intelligence Bureau (IB), respectively. As per reports in the media, the Sindh government earlier this month once again asked the federal government to post Sardar Abdul Majeed Dasti as the new IG Sindh. In a letter to the centre, it mentioned that Lak "has previously never been posted in Sindh and hence lacks experience about the 'dynamics of this province'". According to a copy of the letter obtained by Geo News, however, suggestions to replace Khawaja included Dasti, Ghulam Qadir Thebo, and Kaleem Imam. The letter gave a reference to the provincial cabinet's decision to replace Khawaja and requested the centre to appoint one of the three officials suggested by the Sindh government. Commenting on the development, Syed Nasir Hussain Shah ? Minister of Information for Sindh ? on Saturday said the centre is "creating problems" by attempting to appoint a replacement of Khawaja. The court "orders demand that a 22-grade officer is appointed as the province's police chief," Shah said, following a session of the Sindh Cabinet. "The province cannot continue with a 21-grade IGP when a 22-grade officer is serving the force." Sindh government renews efforts to replace IGP AD Khawaja Provincial government suggests three names to replace incumbent police chief Khawaja to continue The provincial government's earlier attempts to replace Sindh's top cop were dismissed by both the federal government and the Sindh High Court (SHC). Last year, in September, the SHC had dismissed the provincial government's order removing Khawaja as the Sindh police chief and ordered that he complete his due term. The two-judge bench ? headed by Justice Muneeb Akhtar ? had reserved its decision in the case challenging Khawaja's removal on May 30. On April 3, the court had dismissed the provincial government?s decision to remove the Sindh police chief after a group of activists approached the SHC challenging his controversial removal. In its judgment, the court had also declared all postings and transfers carried out in the province after July 7 as illegal. Dasti was also recommended earlier, on October 28, 2017, when Secretary Services for Sindh had proposed that the former replace Khawaja. The suggestion was made during a Sindh Cabinet session, which was presided by Syed Murad Ali Shah ? Chief Minister for Sindh. In his briefing, the Secretary Services had said Khawaja was brought as the IGP Sindh in 2016 under own payscale (OPS), but the SC had later ended all such postings.
  10. Britain's Prime Minister Theresa May visits Frimley Park Hospital near Camberley, Britain, January 4, 2018. REUTERS/Toby Melville/Files LONDON: British Prime Minister Theresa May will announce changes to her ministerial cabinet on Monday but her foreign, finance, interior, and Brexit ministers will keep their jobs, the Sunday Times newspaper reported. The Sunday Times said the reshuffle was aimed at bringing younger women and non-white lawmakers into the cabinet in an attempt to appeal to voters who dealt May a setback in an election last year. May is also expected to announce a new first secretary of state ? effectively her number two ? after long-standing ally Damian Green was forced to resign from the post last month, the newspaper said. May ? who became prime minister shortly after the Brexit vote in mid-2016 ? has been widely expected to rejig her ministerial team after a damaging 2017 when she called a snap election only to lose her parliamentary majority. Her Conservative Party is running neck and neck with the left-wing Labour Party in opinion polls and has been split by differences about what kind of relationship Britain should seek with the European Union after it leaves the bloc in 2019. The foreign, finance, interior, and Brexit ministries are run by Boris Johnson, Philip Hammond, Amber Rudd, and David Davis, respectively. The Sunday Times said the ministers who were expected to lose their jobs or move to different roles included Conservative Party chairman Patrick McLoughlin, education minister Justine Greening, business minister Greg Clark, and Andrea Leadsom ? the government?s leader in the lower house of parliament.
  11. QUETTA: A notification from the office of the Governor Balochistan on Wednesday de-notified Sarfraz Bugti as the provincial minister for Home and Tribal Affairs, Prisons and PDMA on the advice of the chief minister. Bugti had earlier tweeted rejecting media reports that he had been dismissed from the provincial cabinet, adding that he submitted his resignation on Tuesday afternoon to Governor Balochistan. Bugti did not reveal any reasons behind his resignation, he did state that his conscience did not allow him to carry on with a dispensation which had 'completely failed the people of Balochistan'. Shortly after, Balochistan Minister of Fisheries Mir Chakar Dhomki also resigned and sent his resignation to Chief Minister Sanaullah Zehri. The development in the political landscape came after 14 provincial lawmakers decided to take measures against Zehri. Earlier on Tuesday, provincial lawmakers submitted a no-confidence motion against the chief minister of the province.
  12. Prime Minister Shahid Khaqan Abbasi/File photo ISLAMABAD: Prime Minister Shahid Khaqan Abbasi will chair a meeting of the federal cabinet on Wednesday (today) to discuss strategy in wake of Donald Trump's tweet, in which the US president accused Pakistan of harbouring terrorists. "The United States has foolishly given Pakistan more than 33 billion dollars in aid over the last 15 years, and they have given us nothing but lies & deceit, thinking of our leaders as fools," Trump said in the New Year's day tweet. "They give safe haven to the terrorists we hunt in Afghanistan, with little help. No more!" Today?s cabinet meeting will discuss Trump?s remarks and mull over a strategy to tackle the challenges arising as a result. The national as well as regional security situation, economic and social affairs would also be brought under discussion in the meeting. NSC decides not to take measures in haste post Trump statement The National Security Committee (NSC) met on Tuesday over US President Donald Trump's anti-Pakistan statement. Expressing disappointment over the remarks, the committee decided not to take measures in haste in reply to US accusations. The high-level huddle of the country's civilian and military leadership, chaired by Prime Minister Shahid Khaqan Abbasi, reiterated that the country remains undeterred in its resolve to establish peace in Pakistan and has fought the war on terror with unflinching resolve. The statement further added that during visits by US officials, it was decided to move forward with mutual trust and cooperation, which would also lead to stability in Afghanistan. NSC decides not to take measures in haste post Trump statement Corps Commanders Conference discussed input for the National Security Committee meeting Trump's comments "struck with great insensitivity" and "negated the decades of sacrifices made by the Pakistani nation", said the statement. Elaborating further, the NSC stated that Pakistan cannot be blamed for failures in Afghanistan and accusing allies will not lead to establishment of peace in the neighbouring country. Pakistan also voiced its support for the Afghan government's efforts for peace, with the NSC agreeing that peace in Afghanistan is not only linked to peace and stability in the region but also important for peace in the world. Sources said it was also decided during the NSC meeting to summon a parliamentary meeting to discuss the anti-Pakistan statement by Trump and take the parliamentary leaders into confidence over Pakistan's response.
  13. ISLAMABAD: Prime Minister Shahid Khaqan Abbasi will preside over a meeting of the federal cabinet today. PM had summoned sessions of the federal cabinet and National Security Committee (NSC) Monday night following the statement by US President Donald Trump. Sources informed that the US administration's South Asia policy including Monday's statement by President Trump will be reviewed in detail during the meeting. The cabinet will also ponder over national security and other affairs of the state. On Monday, Trump tweeted that the United States had foolishly given Pakistan more than $33 billion in aid over the last 15 years. The US president accused Pakistan of giving nothing but lies and deceit, thinking US leaders to be fools. "They give safe havens to the terrorists we hunt in Afghanistan, with little help. No more!" The NSC meeting, summoned on Wednesday, will be attended by chairman joint chiefs of staff committee and the heads of the armed forces. The meeting participants will be briefed by DG ISI and DG military operations over ongoing operations against terrorists. It will also have key federal ministers in presence, it has been learnt. 'Dictation unacceptable' Trump's tweet followed strong reaction from Islamabad, with Foreign Minister Khawaja Asif saying that the US President's 'no more' holds no importance. "We have already told the US that we will not do more, so Trump?s ?no more? does not hold any importance," Asif said. Speaking later on 'Aaj Shahzeb Khanzada Kay Sath', Asif said that Pakistan does not want aid, whether the United States blocks it or not. "Trump can ask his administration as to why were funds given to Pakistan." The minister reassured that his government would safeguard the interests of Pakistan and whatever decisions it made, would be in line with the country's interests. "We are not meant for safeguarding interests of any other state; our priority is Pakistan's betterment," he said. "If our interests differ with them, we will not become their allies," he said. "This sort of dictation is not acceptable at all," Asif said, in response to Monday's tweet by President Trump. Pakistan also summoned US Ambassador David Hale to its Foreign Office and recorded protest over Trump statement.
  14. FILE photo. ISLAMABAD: Prime Minister Shahid Khaqan Abbasi has summoned meetings of the federal cabinet and the National Security Committee (NSC) to deliberate over Monday's statement by US President Donald Trump, sources told Geo News. The prime minister has summoned a meeting of the federal cabinet on Tuesday, sources said, which will hold a detailed review of the US administration's South Asia policy including Monday's statement by President Trump. The cabinet will also ponder over national security and other affairs of the state. 'No more': Trump lambasts Pakistan, threatens to cut US aid Trump accuses Pakistan of giving nothing but lies and deceit and providing safe haven to terrorists Trump earlier tweeted that the United States had foolishly given Pakistan more than $33 billion in aid over the last 15 years. The US president accused Pakistan of giving nothing but lies and deceit, thinking US leaders to be fools. "They give safe havens to the terrorists we hunt in Afghanistan, with little help. No more!" The NSC meeting, summoned on Wednesday, would be attended by chairman joint chiefs of staff committee, the heads of the armed forces, the director generals of the Inter-Services Intelligence and Military Operations, sources said. It would also have key federal ministers in presence, it has been learnt. 'Dictation unacceptable' Trump's tweet followed strong reaction from Islamabad, with Foreign Minister Khawaja Asif saying that the US President's 'no more' holds no importance. "We have already told the US that we will not do more, so Trump?s ?no more? does not hold any importance," Asif said. Speaking later on 'Aaj Shahzeb Khanzada Kay Sath', Asif said that Pakistan does not want aid, whether the United States blocks it or not. "Trump can ask his administration as to why were funds given to Pakistan." The minister reassured that his government would safeguard the interests of Pakistan and whatever decisions it made, would be in line with the country's interests. Trump?s ?no more? holds no importance: Khawaja Asif 'Already told US we will not do more, so Trump?s ?no more? does not hold any importance,' foreign minister says "We are not meant for safeguarding interests of any other state; our priority is Pakistan's betterment," he said. "If our interests differ with them, we will not become their allies," he said. "This sort of dictation is not acceptable at all," Asif said, in response to Monday's tweet by President Trump. Pakistan also summoned US Ambassador David Hale to its Foreign Office and recorded protest over Trump statement. ?Time for Afghanistan and US to do more? The statement by the US president came days after the Pakistani military officials said that Pakistan has done enough and it was time for Afghanistan and the United States to do more. Major General Asif Ghafoor, the spokesman for the Pakistani military, stated last week that no organised infrastructure of a terrorist organisation exists in Pakistan. His statement was in reference to the unfounded talk by the US and Afghanistan on the presence of terrorist bases in Pakistan. ?We have been saying that Pakistan has fought twice an imposed and imported war inside Pakistan. We have sacrificed a lot. We have paid a huge price both in blood and treasure. We have done enough and we cannot do any more for anyone. Whatever we are doing and shall, will only be done for Pakistan,? Ghafoor told a news conference on Dec 28. The spokesman clarified that the Coalition Support Fund, received from the US, is reimbursement of money spent for operations in support of the coalition for regional peace. "Had we not supported, al-Qaeda would not have been defeated," the ISPR chief stated.
  15. [embed_video1 url=http://stream.jeem.tv/vod/0a1626419786ffe1a8fd2dbcdf613abf.mp4/playlist.m3u8?wmsAuthSign=c2VydmVyX3RpbWU9MTIvMjcvMjAxNyAyOjUzOjE2IFBNJmhhc2hfdmFsdWU9dFFpWGtrV3pINFplRWNjTjlBNnpiZz09JnZhbGlkbWludXRlcz02MCZpZD0x style=center] ISLAMABAD: The federal government approved on Wednesday the Hajj Policy for 2018, according to which the official hajj scheme quota will be 120,000. Minister for Religious Affairs Sardar Muhammad Yousaf in a press conference said that the hajj applications will be accepted from January 15 to 25, 2018. He said that for the official scheme draw will be held on January 26, 2018. Sadar Yousaf said that the policy of the last year will continue and Pakistan?s hajj quota will be 179,000. He said that the hajj policy was revised due to the verdict of the Supreme Court, adding that the public?s trust over the official hajj scheme has been restored. The minister said that if there are any discrepancies in the scheme then the government will bear them. He said that it is the fifth consecutive year that the government has successfully announced a hajj policy.
  16. PM Abbasi chairing Federal Cabinet meeting - File Photo ISLAMABAD: The federal cabinet on Tuesday approved formation of a high-level national implementation committee for FATA reforms, read a press statement issued by the PM Office. Prime Minister Shahid Khaqan Abbasi chaired the cabinet meeting, which approved formation of the committee. "The meeting granted ex-post facto approval to the formation of National Implementation Committee on FATA Reforms. Minister for Defence and Corp Commander 11 Corp have been included in the high-level implementation committee," read the statement. Sources informed Geo News that governor and chief minister of Khyber Pakhtunkhwa will also be part of the committee, according to the notification. The Hajj Policy and Plan, 2018, was also presented before the cabinet during Tuesday's meeting. While deciding not to increase Hajj dues this year under the Government Hajj Scheme, the meeting approved the policy with certain amendments. The statement said the minister for religious affairs would hold a press briefing to highlight salient features of the Hajj Policy 2018, without specifying a date. The cabinet accorded permission to sign the revised Memorandum of Understanding (MoU) between the Ministry of Overseas Pakistanis and Human Resource Development and the Ministry of Employment and Labour of the Republic of Korea, on sending and receiving of workers under the Employment Permit System. The meeting approved amendment in the Schedule of FIA Act, 1974, pertaining to blasphemy and pornography. The amendment aims at bringing the offences of blasphemy and pornography within the ambit of Prevention of Electronic Crime Act, 2016. The cabinet also approved appointment of Rear Admiral Zaka-ur-Rehman, SI(M), as director general of the Pakistan Maritime Security Agency (PMSA).
  17. ISLAMABAD: Prime Minister Shahid Khaqan Abbasi will chair a meeting of the federal cabinet Tuesday evening (today), where the new Hajj policy for next year will be among the agendas discussed. According to official sources, the Ministry of Religious Affairs and Interfaith Harmony has almost finalised preparations to announce new Hajj policy 2018 during the current week, subject to the approval of the federal cabinet. geo_embedgallery The ministry would start receiving applications for Government Hajj Scheme from mid-January 2018. The successful intending pilgrims would be selected through balloting in last week of January, the sources said. Pakistan's total Hajj quota is 179,210, of which 60 percent of total allocated Hujjaj would perform the sacred religious ceremony through Government Hajj Scheme while 40 percent would perform the Hajj through Private Hajj Scheme, the sources added. Decisions taken regarding the Economic Coordination Committee and the China Pakistan Economic Corridor will also be approved during the cabinet meeting today.
  18. Prime Minister Shahid Khaqan Abbasi. Photo: File ISLAMABAD: Prime Minister Shahid Khaqan Abbasi has summoned a cabinet meeting on Thursday, Geo News reported. The cabinet meeting, scheduled to take place in the Prime Minister Office at 4pm tomorrow, is likely to review recent political and economic developments in the country. The premier is expected to discuss the recent briefing of Chief of Army Staff General Qamar Javed Bajwa in the Senate, FATA reforms, implementation of the National Action Plan and the fluctuation of dollar rate in the meeting. Earlier, PM Abbasi while speaking to journalists in London had said that the government would complete its tenure and elections would be held on time. He had further said that Ayaz Sadiq's statement was his personal opinion and he was independent as the speaker of the national assembly. Sadiq had stated last week that he feared the assemblies would not be able to complete their tenure.
  19. Emmerson Mnangagwa is sworn in as Zimbabwe's president in Harare, Zimbabwe, November 24, 2017. REUTERS (FILE) HARARE: Zimbabwe President Emmerson Mnangagwa appointed senior military officials to top posts in his first cabinet on Friday in what was widely seen as a reward for the army?s role in the removal of his predecessor, Robert Mugabe. Mnangagwa was sworn in as president a week ago after 93-year-old Mugabe quit in the wake of a de facto military coup. Mnangagwa, a former state security chief known as ?The Crocodile?, made Major-General Sibusiso Moyo foreign minister and gave Air Marshal Perrance Shiri the land portfolio. He brought back Patrick Chinamasa as finance minister once more despite his chequered record in that post previously. Most Zimbabweans remember Moyo as the khaki-clad general who went on state television in the early hours of Nov. 15 to announce the military takeover that ended Mugabe?s 37-year rule. Shiri is feared - and loathed - by many Zimbabweans as the former commander of the North Korean-trained ?5 Brigade? that played a central role in the so-called Gukurahundi massacres in Matabeleland in 1983 in which an estimated 20,000 people were killed. ?For most observers, this looks like a reward for the military - or more specifically like the military asserting its authority,? London-based political analyst Alex Magaisa wrote on Twitter. Mnangagwa dropped allies of Mugabe?s wife, Grace, but brought back many Mugabe loyalists from the ruling ZANU-PF party, disappointing those who had been expecting a break with the past. ?Zimbabweans were expecting a sea change from the Mugabe era. After all, had there not been a revolution, or so they thought?? Magaisa said. New information minister Chris Mutsvangwa, leader of the powerful liberation war veterans, was not immediately available for comment. Old wine Mnangagwa?s opponents from Grace Mugabe?s ousted G40 faction derided the line-up as old wine in a khaki bottle. ?Even #Nigeria didn?t have so many commanders in Cabinet in its coup days!? former information minister and G40 leader Jonathan Moyo, who remains in hiding, said on Twitter. Chinamasa, a lawyer by training, had been finance minister since 2013 until he was shifted to the new ministry of cyber security in a reshuffle this year. During his time in charge, though, the economy stagnated, with a lack of exports causing acute dollars shortages that crippled the financial system and led to long queues outside banks. The issuance of billions of dollars of domestic debt to pay for a bloated civil service - a key component of the ZANU-PF patronage machine under Mugabe - also triggered a collapse in the value of Zimbabwe?s de facto currency and ignited inflation. ?I had expected a more broad-based cabinet,? said economist Anthony Hawkins, adding that Mnangagwa?s faith in Chinamasa suggested loyalty trumped ability. ?Chinamasa?s appointment was to be expected, notwithstanding his appalling record.? With elections due next year, Mnangagwa needs to deliver a quick economic bounce and has made clear he wants to curb wasteful expenditure, pointing out that his cabinet has 22 ministers compared to Mugabe?s 33. One of his most pressing tasks will be to patch up relations with donors and the outside world and work out a deal to clear Zimbabwe?s $1.8 billion of arrears to the World Bank and African Development Bank. Without that, the new administration will be unable to unlock any new external financing. British Foreign Secretary Boris Johnson told Reuters this week London was thinking about extending a bridging loan to Harare to allow this to happen, although said it depended on ?how the democratic process unfolds?.
  20. ISLAMABAD: The Cabinet Committee on China Pakistan Economic Corridor (CPEC) Friday assigned the ministry concerned to submit a detailed proposal regarding the import of electricity from Iran to specifically meet the future needs of Gwadar. Briefing the media about the proceedings of the cabinet committee meeting, PM's aide Musadik Malik said the participants held a detailed discussion on CPEC projects, including power and water supply, construction of Gwadar airport, free port, extension of the port, and development of the Special Economic Zones (SEZs). He said the committee had asked the ministry concerned to furnish proposals in coming weeks for import of the electricity from Iran. Malik said though Pakistan had already been importing a minor chunk of electricity from Iran, but on barter basis, to avoid violation of the international sanctions imposed on Iran. To a question, he said Pakistan was ready to complete the gas pipeline project provided the sanctions on Iran were lifted. He said the government had tackled the power crisis efficiently and the country would become power surplus in a short time. The PM's aide said China had provided a grant worth Rs22.25 billion for construction of Gwadar International Airport and the preliminary design of the project had been completed. "The work on the project would start by mid next year and would take another three years for completion." Malik said the government would also hold first global expo in Gwadar to promote investment in the country. He said the government was also strategising to end dependence on rainwater in Gwadar and had sought proposals in this regard to execute long-term projects to cope with water needs. He told media that nine SEZs would be established representing all federating units including Gilgit-Baltistan and AJK. The PM's aide further said the government had announced five-year exemption from custom duty for the parties developing the SEZs and ten year exemption for the industries to operate there provided they start functioning before June 2020. He said the government had installed gasification plant of 600 million cubic feet within 11 months and second one would be inaugurated within a couple of days. To a question, Malik said the finance minister was under treatment abroad and the prime minister was looking after the affairs of his ministry.
  21. Brazilian President Michel Temer attends the award ceremony of the Order of Aeronautical Merit at an air base in Brasilia, Brazil, October 23, 2017. AFP/Evaristo Sa BRASILIA: Brazilian President Michel Temer will shuffle his cabinet in March based on a new governing coalition formed ahead of next year?s elections, a senior government source said on Friday. The source, who asked not to be named because he was not authorized to speak on the matter, said he did not expect the Brazilian Social Democracy Party (PSDB) ? Temer?s main ally today ? to be part of the future government. The reshuffle will come as ministers have to leave the cabinet by April to run in the October elections.
  22. ISLAMABAD: The federal cabinet in its meeting held here Wednesday with Prime Minister Shahid Khaqan Abbasi in the chair decided to place the Delimitation [of constituencies] Bill before the National Assembly for debate and consideration. Earlier, the Pakistan Bureau of Statistics gave a presentation to the Cabinet on Census 2017, a press release issued after the meeting said. The meeting ratified recommendations of the Cabinet Committee for Disposal of Legislative Cases in its meeting held last week. The cabinet approved establishment of Drug Court at Quetta and appointment of Justice Aftab Ahmed Gorar as Judge Special Appellate Court under Section 46(1) of the Prevention of Smuggling Act, 1977 in the province of Sindh. Appointment of Secretary Ministry of Information Technology & Telecommunication as Chairman of Management Board of National Telecommunication Corporation was also approved by the cabinet. The cabinet also assented to the re-constitution of the Board of Governors of Pakistan Agriculture Research Council (PARC). The cabinet accorded Ex-Post Facto approval to initiate negotiations and for signing of an Agreement on Scientific Exchange and Cooperation between Pakistan Agriculture Research Council and Lanzhou University, China. Amendments in the Rules of Origin (ROO) under Malaysia ? Pakistan Comprehensive Economic Partnership Agreement (MPCEPA) was also approved by the cabinet. Cabinet to be presented with formulas for delimitation based on census data Three formulas for proposed changes in the National Assembly seats have been put forward The cabinet approved signing of MoU between the Government of Mozambique and the Government of Pakistan in Defence Domain. The cabinet accorded approval to sign Convention for the Avoidance of Double Taxation and the Prevention of Fiscal Evasion with respect to Taxes on Income between Pakistan and the Republic of Bulgaria. The cabinet also approved extension in deputation period of Bebu Ram, Deputy Chief Engineer, Sui Southern Gas Company Limited, Karachi. Before the start of formal proceedings of the cabinet meeting, Imam-e-Ka?aba Sheikh Dr Salih Bin Abdullah, who was invited to the opening session of the cabinet meeting as a special guest, in his remarks thanked the Prime Minister for inviting him to address the cabinet. Imam-e-Ka?aba said Pakistan and Saudi Arabia share historical and strong brotherly bonds. He further stated that success lies in unity and the best decisions made for the benefit of the people. Imam-e-Ka?aba also conveyed good wishes to the cabinet and the people of Pakistan on behalf of the Custodian of the Two Holy Mosques, Crown Prince, Religious Scholars and the people of Saudi Arabia.
  23. ISLAMABAD: A federal cabinet meeting chaired by Prime Minister Shahid Khaqan Abbasi on Tuesday reviewed the existing provincial quota regime which was being followed during recruitment process for the posts of Central Superior Services (CSS) and other vacancies at the federal level. A detailed presentation was made on the existing provincial quota regime and it was decided that the matter should be discussed in detail on the floor of the Parliament as well as at the forum of Council of Common Interest, PM office media wing said in a press release. The prime minister directed the establishment division to undertake a comprehensive review of the quota regime focusing on the impact of the policy so far and also to propose suitable amendments to make the policy more effective and result-oriented. The cabinet approved a proposal for a change in the nomenclature of the Ministry of Ports and Shipping to Ministry of Maritime Affairs. It also granted approval to a number of agenda items placed before it during the meeting. The cabinet approved the signing of Negotiated Draft Visa Abolition Agreement between the Government of the Islamic Republic of Pakistan and the Government of Italy for the holders of a diplomatic passport. It also granted approval to amend the existing conventions existing between Pakistan and various countries including Sri Lanka, Nepal, France, Tunisia, Morocco, Portugal for the avoidance of double taxation and the prevention of fiscal evasion with respect to taxes on Income for updating of the article of exchange of information. The cabinet approved the signing of MoU on scientific and technical cooperation in the field of Agriculture Research between Pakistan Agriculture Research Council and Agriculture Academy of Bulgaria. Appointment of the member (Administration) Capital Development Authority (CDA) was also approved. The proposed Welfare of Senior Citizen Bill 2017 was also deliberated during the meeting which was aimed at facilitating senior citizens and catering to their needs.
  24. Zimbabwean President Robert Mugabe and his wife Grace attend a meeting of his ruling ZANU PF party's youth league in Harare, Zimbabwe, October 7, 2017. REUTERS/Philimon Bulawayo HARARE: Zimbabwean President Robert Mugabe moved Patrick Chinamasa from the finance ministry on Monday to lead a new cybersecurity ministry that will focus on crimes on social media and other websites ahead of an election due next year. Chinamasa will be replaced at the treasury by Home Affairs Minister Ignatius Chombo in a cabinet reshuffle that also diminished the role of Vice President Emmerson Mnangagwa, seen as a potential successor to Mugabe. Chombo?s move ? announced in a government statement ? comes against the backdrop of a severe hard currency shortage that has dealt a fresh blow to confidence and investment in the southern African economy, which uses the US dollar. Chinamasa was appointed finance minister after Mugabe?s re-election in 2013 and his move to head the new Ministry of Cyber Security, Threat Detection, and Mitigation was unexpected. Its creation comes after Chinamasa said last month the government would now treat social media as a security threat after accusing users of spreading rumours about shortages of basic goods, which caused panic buying and price increases. The government has been uneasy with social media after activists such as pastor Evan Mawararire and his #ThisFlag movement last year used social media to organize a stay-at-home demonstration, the biggest anti-government protest in a decade. Government critics took to Twitter deriding Chinamasa as new ?minister of Twitter, Facebook, Instagram, and WhatsApp affairs?. Chinamasa ? a lawyer by training ? will also be responsible for bringing to parliament a long-awaited cybercrimes bill that criminalizes false information posted on the internet, cyber-bullying, and online activity against the government. Cash crunch Meanwhile, Chombo ? who is a staunch Mugabe supporter with no finance background, coming from the 93-year-old leader?s rural home district ? was the surprise pick for the minister of finance. He will have to contend with a serious shortage of foreign currency that has seen US dollar bank balances lose value against cash dollars, fanning a thriving black market. The worthless Zimbabwe dollar was replaced by the US dollar in 2009 but the economy has struggled over the past 18 months because of a massive domestic shortage of greenbacks. As a result, cash, especially crisp, new, $100 bills, has enjoyed a steady 10 percent to 20 percent premium over dollars stored electronically in bank accounts ? nicknamed ?Zollars? ? meaning people have to transfer more than face value to the person selling the dollars on the black market. When Mugabe said on Saturday he was going to review the performance of his ministers, speculation was rife that Mnangagwa ? who said last week he had been poisoned in August ? would be among the casualties. Mnangagwa has come under attack from a ruling party faction that accuses him of seeking to force Mugabe to resign in his favour. The ZANU-PF is divided into two camps, one supporting Mnangagwa to succeed him and another rallying behind First Lady Grace Mugabe. Mnangagwa ? who denies the accusations ? lost oversight of the Justice Ministry to Zimbabwe?s spy agency head Happyton Bonyongwe. Bonyongwe ? a retired army general who headed the national intelligence agency for 15 years ? will be responsible for new legislation and will supervise the election due next year, including determining which foreign observers to invite. Mugabe ? who has ruled the former British colony since independence in 1980 ? has said he plans to run for another 5-year term next year, his last under the constitution when he will be 94. In total, 10 cabinet ministers changed posts while two were dropped entirely.
  25. File photo The federal cabinet has given a go-ahead to initiation of agreement with Russia for construction of 600MW Natural Gas Combined Cycle (NGCC) power plant in Jamshoro. The cabinet meeting, chaired by Prime Minister Shahid Khaqan Abbasi, on Tuesday approved ?initiation of agreement between Russia and Pakistan on Cooperation for Construction of 600MW Natural Gas Combined Cycle Power Plant at Jamshoro,? said an official statement. ?On agreement between the Government of the Russian Federation and the Government of Pakistan for the construction of 600MW Natural Gas Combined Cycle Power Plant at Jamshoro, the Cabinet authorised the Power Division to negotiate the details of draft Framework Agreement and bring the agreed version before the cabinet. It would also finalise the terms and conditions of the loan in consultation with the Economic Affairs Division (EAD) and the Finance Division,? the statement read. The cabinet also approved signing of Financial Cooperation Agreement 2015 with Germany and Memorandum of Understanding of Pak-China Cooperation in the field of Intellectual Property.