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Shahbaz takes up drone issue with China

BEIJING – Drone attacks are causing deaths of hundreds of innocent citizens and had become a serious issue for Pakistan, Punjab Chief Minister Shahbaz Sharif told office-bearers of the Chinese Communist Party on Monday, adding that mistakes of former rulers had turned Pakistan from a land of peace into a hotbed of terrorism. Addressing the event, Shahbaz said every drone attack bred a new batch of terrorists.
Earlier, Shahbaz was accorded a warm welcome by the senior leadership

‘Govt determined to resolve SPLA issue… in a peaceful manner’

KARACHI – The Sindh government, under the leadership of Chief Minister Qaim Ali Shah, is fully determined to resolve the issue of the Sindh Professors and Lecturers Association (SPLA) amicably and regularise lower grade staff of the Education Department, Pakistan Peoples’ Party (PPP) Sindh Women Wing Information Secretary Sharmila Farooqui said in a statement issued on Saturday.
“We should give due respect to the teachers’ community because they play a great role in national

Bhutto case not a national issue: Ahsan

LAHORE – PML-N central leader MNA Ahsan Iqbal has said that Bhutto case is the PPP issue instead a national issue and Zardari government has initiated ZAB reopening case to divert public attention towards alarming national issues.
National issues are drone attacks, Balochistan deprivations, energy crisis, target killing, terrorism, poverty, unemployment and price hike on which government has been playing a blind eye. He was talking to journalists after the seminar Institute of

‘Students should not allow themselves to be misguided on HEC devolution issue’

KARACHI – The students of Karachi must not allow themselves to be misguided on issue of Higher Education Commission’s (HEC) devolution, PPP Sindh General Secretary Taj Haider said on Tuesday. He pointed out that all political parties in the Parliamentary Committee for reforming the Constitution had jointly brought about the landmark 18th Amendment, as a result of which education is now a provincial subject and the HEC is being devolved to the provinces.
“Dictators and their

‘Regional peace can resolve Afghan refugees’ issue’

PESHAWAR – Khyber Pakhtunkhwa Information Minister Mian Iftikhar Hussain has urged the need to make the regional law and order atmosphere conducive and rehabilitate the affected socio-economic infrastructure which can ensure settlement of the Afghan refugees’ issue.
“We endorse the decision of allowing the registered Afghan refugees to stay here till December 2012, but permitting them permanent settlement is possible,” remarked Khyber Pakhtunkhwa Information Minister Mian

Health secretary ‘mishandled’ doctors’ issue

LAHORE – Punjab Health Secretary Fawad Hassan Fawad is responsible for “mishandling” the young doctors’ issue through “bureaucratic control”, as the matter could have been amicably resolved by negotiations on various levels, sources in the civil bureaucracy told Pakistan Today on Wednesday.
Sources privy to recent developments said various channels could have been used to engage the doctors on strike and bring one of the worst strikes in the health sector’s history to an amicable

FBR to issue revised SRO for 5 export sectors

ISLAMABAD – With exports expected to reach $25 billion in this fiscal year, the government on Friday rescinded its decision to impose general sales tax at a rate of 17 percent on five major export oriented sectors and extended the facility of paying four percent or six percent sales tax, as specified in the conditions.
An official source revealed that the facility was re-granted, as the government was keen to maintain the momentum of $2.0 billion monthly exports. He said that

UK to issue royal wedding stamps

LONDON – Britain’s Royal Mail announced on Tuesday it planned to issue two official stamps to commemorate the wedding of Prince William to Kate Middleton. The stamps will feature photographs taken by Mario Testino to mark the couple’s engagement and will be available at post office branches from April 21, eight days before the ceremony.
“We are honoured to be celebrating this very special and historic occasion,” said Stephen Agar of the Royal Mail. “We believe that that this set

Senators slam Malik over Terry Jones issue

ISLAMABAD – Exposing Interior Minister Rehman Malik’s attempt to dupe the Upper House, senators ridiculed him on Monday, saying the letter of the government against US priest Terry Jones was a mockery of the sentiments of the Muslims. Immediately after commenting on the unanimous resolution against the burning of the holy Quran by US pastor Terry Jones, Malik circulated a letter which the government had written to Interpol against the priest, among the members of the House.

No regular work- Davis’ release, PCS officers’ issue dominate PA proceedings

LAHORE – The release of US national Raymond Davis and arrest of PCS officers dominated the Punjab Assembly (PA) proceedings on Monday, which restrained the treasury benches from carrying out its routine work.
The opposition alleged that the Punjab government played its role for the release of Davis saying that the House should be allowed to hold a debate on the topic that how Davis was released. The PA speaker started the question hour session but point of orders did not allow