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Mobin appointed Nadra head on merit: lawyer tells IHC

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ISLAMABAD: The counsel for Nadra Friday pleaded before the Islamabad High Court (IHC) that the appointment of Usman Yousaf Mobin as Nadra head was made on merit after adopting due procedure.

After Nadra’s lawyer concluded his arguments, the IHC asked the petitioner’s counsel to finish his cross arguments on next date of hearing.

Justice Aamer Farooq of IHC conducted hearing on a petition challenging the appointment of chairman National Database Regulatory Authority (NADRA).

Giving arguments, Nadra’s lawyer apprised the court that Usman Mobin was holding more experience and qualification required for the post advertised in national media. This was why, the scrutiny committee had chosen him, he added.

He pleaded that selection board had conducted interview of Mobin and his name was also approved by the then cabinet in its meeting.

He further added, according to the High Court verdict, the cabinet can appoint Chairman NADRA without giving advertisement for the post.

After the Nadra’s counsel concluded his arguments, the court sought petitioner’s arguments at next hearing on April 19.

It may be mentioned here that the previous government had reappointed Usman Yousaf Mobin as NADRA Chief on February 8, 2018.

However, three petitioners moved three various high courts against his appointment.

A petitioner Muhammad Rashid, who himself was a candidate for the slot, challenged the advertisement given for the post last year and contended that the 55 year age limit for the applicants mentioned in the advertisement was contrary to NADRA Ordinance 2000.

The petitioner stated that the retiring (maximum) age of authority’s chairman and members should be 65 years.

He claimed that fixing age limit at 55 years is a violation of fundamental rights violation.

 

 

 

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PM committed to make Pakistan an investment hub: PTI Leader

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ISLAMABAD: Member National Assembly of PTI Noureen Ibrahim on Saturday said under the leadership of Prime Minister Imran Khan Pakistan would become a foreign investors hub in near future as only this thing could support and boost the worsen national economic kitty.

During an interview,  she stressed opposition parties did not deliver during their regimes and today they were using different tactics to stop the incumbent government for taking positive steps in entrust of masses.

She further said government was taking numerous steps for rooting out the corruption from the country because without elimination of corruption the dream of prosperous Pakistan could not be achieved.

She suggested the opposition to stay calm and must support the government for solving the national issues on priority basis.

“Government should be appreciated over taking initiatives for strengthening the economy, trade and exports adding Pak-Malaysia signed MoUs for five major projects that would definitely open a new era of development in the country .

 

 

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Regional countries should develop cooperative approaches to counter terrorism: FM Qureshi

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BEIJING: Foreign Minister Shah Mahmood Qureshi has said that instead of unwarranted criticism and rhetoric, the regional countries should develop cooperative approaches to counter the scourge of terrorism as it was a global problem and required concerted efforts of the international community to defeat it.

“Pakistan believes that terrorism is a global problem and requires concerted efforts of the international community to defeat it. Only through dialogue and constructive engagement, can we defeat this scourge throughout our region,” he told Global Times during his recent visit Beijing to co-chair China-Pakistan Foreign Ministers’ Strategic Dialogue.

He remarked that it was therefore critical that instead of unwarranted criticism and rhetoric, the regional countries develop cooperative approaches to counter the scourge of terrorism.

“Pakistan is engaged bilaterally as well as multilaterally in development such approaches”, he added.

Responding to a question about the agenda of China-Pakistan Strategic Dialogue, he said that he co-chaired with State Councillor Wang Yi, the inaugural meeting of the Strategic Dialogue following a decision of the political leadership of both countries in November 2018 to elevate the dialogue to Foreign Minister’s level.

“I held in-depth discussions with State Councillor on the whole spectrum of our bilateral relations including high level exchanges, future development and direction of CPEC, cooperation in the fields of trade, defence and security, enhancing people-to-people exchanges and regional and international issues of mutual interest,” he added.

Foreign Minister Qureshi said that this platform would serve as an opportunity to further consolidate our time-tested All-Weather Strategic Cooperative Partnership and reiterate our commitment to building closer China-Pakistan community of Shared Future in the New Era.

While commenting on significance of the strategic dialogue, he said that recent developments in South Asia were well known to the world. “World is also aware how the government of Prime Minister Imran Khan has acted to deescalate the situation.”

Pakistan, he said, had convincingly manifested its quest for peace in the region by offering dialogue to India and investigation of the Pulwama incident if credible evidence was made available.

 

 

 

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Malaysian PM Mahathir leaves Pakistan after three-day visit

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ISLAMABAD: Malaysian Prime Minister Mahathir Bin Mohamad left Pakistan on Saturday after a three-day visit. 

He departed shortly after attending the country’s Pakistan Day parade in Islamabad as the chief guest.

During his visit, PM Mahathir met Prime Minister Imran Khan and other senior Pakistani officials.

Pakistan and Malaysia also signed memorandums of understanding for cooperation in five major projects in the car assembly, meat, telecom and stone sectors.

Malaysia will be setting up an auto plant in Pakistan. It has also expressed an interest in purchasing rice and halal meat from Pakistan as well as JF-17 Thunder jets.

During a media talk on Friday, Finance Minister Asad Umar said Pakistan will soon implement an agreement to export anti-tank missiles to Malaysia.

In the meantime, both countries have agreed to open branches of their banks in each other’s countries, he said.

The finance minister added that Pakistan will capitalize on the Malaysian experience in the tourism industry.

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