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John Bolton discusses Pulwama with Pak FM

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ISLAMABAD: US National Security Advisor John Bolton and Foreign Minister Shah Mahmood Qureshi had a telephonic conversation this afternoon and discussed regional security situation following the Pulwama incident.

The purpose of the call was to provide him Pakistan’s perspective on the recent regional developments.

Shah Mehmood Qureshi said that Indian aggression of 26 February was a violation of Pakistan’s territorial integrity and sovereignty as well as the UN Charter. He also said that Pakistan’s response on 27 February was purely in self-defense against external aggression.

He informed John Bolton about the de-escalatory measures taken by Pakistan. He said Prime Minister Imran Khan decided to hand over the Indian pilot as a gesture of goodwill towards India. He said Pakistan wishes peace and stability in the region.

He said Pakistan’s High Commissioner to New Delhi has also returned to Delhi after consultations and Pakistan would send an official delegation to India on Thursday to discuss the agreement on the operationalization of the Kartarpur Corridor. He said Pakistan is also ready to continue weekly contacts at the Military Operations Directorate level.

John Bolton said that he and US Secretary of State Mike Pompeo, despite being actively engaged in talks with North Korea in Hanoi, monitored the developments between India and Pakistan and kept contact with the leadership of two countries to ensure that the security situation in the South Asia region did not deteriorate. He appreciated Pakistan’s measures, which had helped to lower the tension and urged continued restraint on both sides.

The need for dialogue between Pakistan and India to find a peaceful resolution to all outstanding disputes was also emphasized. The Foreign Minister cautioned against any Indian misadventure, keeping in view the forthcoming elections, which John Bolton concurred.

Bolton also appreciated Pakistan’s important role in the Afghan peace process. Both leaders agreed to work together to pursue the process.

 

 

 

 

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KP cabinet approves Rs 900 bln budget 2019-20 with no new tax: Info Minister

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PESHAWAR: The Provincial Cabinet here Tuesday with Chief Minister Mehmood Khan in the chair approved budgetary proposals for 2019-20 amounting to Rs900bn showing 41% rise over the outgoing fiscal 2018-19 with no new tax levied.

The development programme 2019-20 comprising Rs319bn with more focus on completion of ongoing projects, said Information Minister, Shaukat Yousufzai while dilating upon the decisions of the special cabinet meeting.

The Chief Minister has termed the upcoming budget as historic which for the first time also contained allocations for the merged districts as the development outlay is three times more than the previous budget.

He said the new budget would usher in era of progress and prosperity in the province saying the Chief Minister has held the budget as balanced and poor people-friendly. Despite tough economic conditions the KP government avoided levying new taxes in order to avoid putting burden on poor segment of the society.

He said that backward areas have been more focused in the budget 2019-20 to bring it at par with the developed districts. The Chief Minister lauded the officials of P&D departments for preparation of a balanced budget.

The reduction in the salaries of the ministers indicated the government’s resolve of initiating reforms process from the government benches.

The Chief Minister told the cabinet members that over 41000 jobs would be provided to the jobless in the public sector.

The Information Minister informed that Rs 98 bln have been allocated for 163 projects in education sector. A raise of 10 percent in salaries of provincial government employees and minimum labor wage Rs 17,000 have been proposed in the provincial budget.

 

 

 

 

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Those rejecting budget harmed economy in past: Dr Firdous

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ISLAMABAD: Special Assistant to Prime Minister on Information and Broadcasting Dr. Firdous Ashiq Awan has said that the opposition harmed the economy in past and were now criticising the budget.

In a tweet, Dr Firdous said that opposition is doing politics on budget and hindering the path of constitution.

“Budget is prepared for Pakistan and its people,” she added.

She said that proceedings in parliament and opposition leaders’ salaries can also be ensured after approval of the budget. Those who have destroyed economy now want to harm people, she continued.

 

 

 

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SC upholds ban on recruitment in PIA

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ISLAMABAD: The Supreme Court has ordered the Pakistan International Airlines (PIA) to submit a petition seeking withdrawal of another SC decision on regularisation of contract employees in Karachi.

The move by apex court came after PIA counsel Naeem Bukhari sought permission for recruitment in the airline in today’s hearing. On March 31, 2018, the apex court had placed a ban on new recruitment in the airline.

The counsel argued that the SC’s Karachi registry had ordered the PIA administration to regularise all the airline’s contract employees in Karachi. He contended that the SC’s earlier order on ban on recruitment refrained the airline from executing its latter order to regularise the employees.

Justice Ijazul Ahsan remarked that the PIA had already inducted much more employees than it requires.

 

 

 

 

 

 

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