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New Local Govt Act 2019 finalized: Info minister



New Local Govt Act 2019 finalized

MOHMAND: Provincial Minister for Information Shaukat Yousafzai here Monday said that Local Government Act 2019 has been finalized with main focus on providing the best civic amenities to people at the grassroots level.

Addressing a press conference here, the Information Minister flanked by Ajmal Wazir, said that local government elections in merged areas would be held after the general elections for 16 seats of the provincial assembly in the erstwhile FATA.

The Information Minister clarified that the decision to provide funds to Haqqani Madrasah in Akora Khattak Nowshera was taken by the previous Government.

He maintained that the Government was providing financial support to big religious seminaries to enable its students to compete with top educational institutions besides providing dignified jobs to them.

The religious seminaries are providing free of cost education to the students, therefore, their sense of deprivation must be removed, he explained.

The Information Minister while defending the report of a committee about inability of sixty percent teachers in Government schools to teach Urdu subject stated that the induction of incompetent and inefficient teachers was the legacy of the Govt of PMLN and PPP.

It merits a mention here that CM advisor on education Ziaul Bangash during recent areas to the merged areas had stated that majority school teachers in public schools are incompetent and inefficient.

Massive inductions were made during previous regimes of PPP and PMLN in the education department without following the criteria merit and transparency, he said, adding that any jobless person who could not find any other job, was recruited as teacher by the PPP and PMLN Govts in the past.

The PTI Govt inducted 56000 teachers strictly on merit who are fluent in speaking English, he added.

The CM advisor on merged areas Ajmal Wazir said that chief minister Mahmood Khan will formally launch the Sehat Insaf Card scheme in merged areas soon which will provide free medication facilities to every family up to the range of Rs7,20,000 per year from Bajaur to Waziristan.


PM Imran ‘working as ghost employee’: Bilawal



ISLAMABAD: Pakistan Peoples Party (PPP) chairman Bilawal Bhutto called Prime Minister Imran Khan ‘ghost employee’ of the National Assembly.

“If the National Assembly session is so expensive then we expect the leader of the house to be present”,” Bhutto said.

He asserted that PM takes salary and acts as a ghost employee of the house. He also said that Imran Khan should attend every meeting and be answerable.

PPP chairman clarified that government protested yesterday not PPP as protesting is the work of opposition.

Bilawal said: “Opposition thumps the desk if I deliver a speech in English and they scream when I talk in Urdu.”

Bilawal further claimed that government has appointed controversial people in the cabinet. “We believe that it is in the benefit of Pakistan and the government that those individuals who are controversial and have links with outlawed organizations should be dismissed.”

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Saudi assistance defence minister meets COAS, discusses security cooperation



RAWALPINDI: Saudi Arabia’s Assistance Minister of Defence Muhammad Bin Abdullah Al-Ayesh called on Chief or Army Staff General Qamar Javed Bajwa at General Headquarters on Tuesday, said Inter Services Public Relations (ISPR).

The military’s media wing said that During the meeting views were exchanged on issues of mutual interest including defence and security cooperation between both the countries.

They also discussed the overall regional security situation, read the statement.

Earlier, Chief of Army Staff, General Qamar Javed Bajwa, on February 18, had met with Saudi Crown Prince Mohammed bin Salman and discussed the matters of mutual interest.

During the meeting, the two dignitaries had also discussed the ongoing cooperation between the two countries in the fields of defense. They had also discussed the military training collaboration in the meeting.

It is pertinent to mention here that the role of Army Chief Gen Qamar Javed Bajwa in furthering ties between the two countries was an important driving force.

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PTI committed for making corruption-free Pakistan: Nadeem Afzal



PM to visit China on April 25

ISLAMABAD: Spokesperson to Prime Minister, Nadeem Afzal Chan Tuesday said every corrupt politician including top bigwigs had to give answer of corruption as Pakistan Tehreek-e-Insaf government was committed for making corruption-free Pakistan.

The corruption would not be tolerated and that transparency and rule of law would prevail in Naya Pakistan , he said during an interview .

Opposition raising questions towards Imran Khan should themselves give answer to public about their own involvement in record corruption cases, he criticized.

“After Quaid-e-Azam, we have a leader who is sincere, honest, dedicated and handwork. No one can point out Imran Khan that he is involved in corruption”, he added.

“No corrupt person will be let go,” he said, adding, present government was elected by the nation on the promise that PTI will “put the corrupt people in jails”.

The country had no future until and unless corruption was rooted out, he added.

Nadeem Afzal said reshuffling in the cabinet was a good step of the Prime Minister Imran Khan after reviewing the performance and it was the right of the PM to bring change within the cabinet.

He also hoped that the reshuffling in the cabinet would have positive impact on overall situation in the country.

Replying to a Question , he said former finance minister Asad Umar had no corruption charges and he did hard work for improving economic situation .

He said the PTI government, under dynamic leadership of Imran Khan was committed to streamline the system as national economy was improving.

Pakistan would rise under the leadership of Imran Khan in the coming months, he added.

“PTI has an agenda for efficient, transparent and free corruption governance and will weed out corruption because the poor is the end victim of corruption and injustices. Prime Minister is making sincere efforts to bring the culprits into Justice who have been involved in the menace of corruption,” he said.







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